England fans wearing the classic English crusader costumes will not be permitted to enter stadiums in Qatar.
It’s still early days in the 2022 World Cup, but social media has been full of images and videos of Three Lions supporters sporting fancy dress costumes that depict an English crusader.
The costume certainly seems to have been something of a favourite amongst fans for the tournament.
However, news has recently emerged that those dressed as Knights will not be permitted to enter World Cup stadiums.
Why have crusader costumes been banned in Qatar?
Between 1095-1291, Christian armies seized Jerusalem and its surrounding areas that were dominated by Islamic rule.
Crusaders would occupy, rape and even slaughter on Arab lands as they bid to spread their religious beliefs across the world.
Therefore, many Qatari citizens find the costumes offensive to their history and disrespectful of their culture.
As a result, crusader costumes have not only been banned from stadiums, but those intending on wearing them have received a stern warning from anti-racism group Kick It Out.
A spokesperson for the organisation said: “We would advise fans who are attending FIFA World Cup matches that certain attire, such as fancy-dress costumes representing knights or crusaders, may not be welcomed in Qatar and other Islamic countries.
“Foreign Office travel advice issued before the tournament expressed that fans should familiarise themselves with local customs, and we would encourage fans to take this approach.”
VIDEO: Supporters denied access to stadium
Footage has recently emerged of two England supporters being denied access to a stadium due to their attire.
The pair are dressed home to toe as knights of the English empire, kitted out with swords and a shield.
In the clip, security can be seen denying them entry and sending them on their way.
Qatari authorities have started banning England fans from wearing crusader costumes in stadiums.
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England fans will have to be careful of what they choose to wear if they intend on getting into stadiums from this point forth.
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