An American journalist has claimed that he was detained on Monday after trying to enter World Cup stadium in Qatar where same-sex relationships are outlawed while wearing a rainbow shirt in support of the LGBT community.
Grant Wahl, a former writer for Sports Illustrated magazine who currently runs his own website, said World Cup security barred him from attending United States’ match against Wales at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan and asked him to take his shirt off.
He said his phone was taken away when he wrote about the incident on Twitter, racking up over
He also said that he”Was detained for nearly half an hour.
The journalist subsequently claimed that a security commander later approached him, apologised and admitted him to the stadium.
Wahl also said he later received an apology from a representative of FIFA, football’s international governing body.