• Crusader costumes worn by England fans are ‘offensive,' says FIFA

    8 days ago - By Bésame

    Chris Eldergill and Zayn Nabbi, CNN
    Ahead of England's World Cup clash with the United States on Friday, world soccer's governing body FIFA said that Crusader costumes worn by England fans are “offensive.”
    Some England fans attend sports events dressed as the English patron Saint George, equipped with helmets, crosses and plastic swords.
    FIFA told CNN: “Crusader costumes in the Arab or Middle East context can be offensive to Muslims. That is why anti-discrimination colleagues asked fans to wear things inside out or change dress.”
    Christian armies fought Muslims for more than 200 years to...
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  • Iran government supporters confront protesters at World Cup

    9 days ago - By Bésame

    AL RAYYAN, Qatar - Tensions ran high at Iran's second match at the World Cup on Friday as fans supporting the Iranian government harassed those protesting against it and stadium security seized flags, T-shirts and other items expressing support for the protest movement that has gripped the Islamic Republic.
    Some fans were stopped by stadium security from bringing in Persian pre-revolutionary flags to match against Wales at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium. Others carrying such flags had them ripped from their hands by pro-government Iran fans, who also shouted insults at fans wearing T-shirts...
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