US sports writer says he was detained in Qatar for wearing rainbow shirt to World Cup game

One of the 2022 FIFA World Cup stadiums in Qatar.
An American journalist said he was detained for wearing a rainbow t-shirt to a Qatar World Cup game.
Grant Wahl said guards told him to remove it, took his phone, and detained him for 25 minutes.
Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar, but soccer officials have moved to limit criticism of the hosts.

A US sports writer said he was detained in Qatar for wearing a pro-LGBT rainbow t-shirt to a World Cup game in Qatar.

Grant Wahl said he went to the stadium’s media entrance on Monday wearing the t-shirt, where “the security guards refused to let me in, detained me for 25 minutes and angrily demanded that I remove my t-shirt.”

Wahl, a former Sports Illustrated soccer writer who now works independently, also shared a photo of himself wearing the shirt, showing a soccer ball surrounded by a rainbow.

The rainbow is used as a symbol of LGBT rights and pride, and is contentious in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal.

Wahl wrote about what happened…

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