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England fans dressed as knights accused of being ‘Muslim killers’ by Qatari police

FIFA announced the ban on crusader uniforms after anti-Islam charities warned that the uniform could offend Muslims.

In a statement, FIFA said: “Crusader fashion in the Arab context can be offensive to Muslims. That is why the anti-discrimination colleagues asked fans to wear things inside out or change their clothes.”

A spokesperson for Kick It Out, a charity campaign against racism and discrimination in football, has warned fans not to wear Al Fursan uniforms in Qatar.

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“We advise fans attending FIFA World Cup matches that certain attire, such as costumes representing knights or crusaders, may not be welcome in Qatar and other Islamic countries. Travel advice issued by the Foreign Office ahead of the tournament indicated that fans should familiarize themselves with local customs, and we encourage fans to take that approach.”

In the weeks leading up to the World Cup, British police warned of the danger of England fans unintentionally insulting Qatari nationals.

Mark Roberts, Chief Constable of Cheshire and England’s national football captain, said: “It’s a World Cup in a different part of the world with a very different culture and I think one of my concerns is that fans don’t want to cause offense or cause trouble and they might act in a way that unintentionally causes offend or draw attention.”

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