World Cup: USA fan dragged from stadium by tough cops ‘for wearing rainbow armband’

An American fan has been ‘aggressively’ removed from his seat and dragged out of the stadium for wearing a rainbow armband ahead of his country’s clash with Iran at the World Cup.

The World Cup has witnessed several incidents of fans being banned from entering or detained for wearing rainbow colored clothing. In Qatar, homosexuality is illegal and the tournament has come under fire for “sportwashing” the host country’s treatment of the LGBTQ+ community.

US citizen Brian Davis had arrived at Al Thumama Stadium on Tuesday to watch the United States take on Iran in a must-watch match on the final day of Group B.

Davis had worn a rainbow-colored armband, which he said security at the entrance to the stadium said was acceptable to enter.

However, he claimed that while sitting in his seat waiting for kick-off, he was approached by another member of staff who told him he was not allowed to wear the armband. .

Davis revealed he refused to take it off and insisted he was allowed to wear it, that is when police arrived at the scene and forced him out from his seat.

Brian Davis was ordered to remove the armband ahead of USA's game against Iran

An American fan was ‘aggressively’ removed from his seat to wear a rainbow-colored armband

In a clip shared by a Danish journalist Rasmus TantholdtDavis could be seen standing calmly inside the stadium building as several Qatari police surrounded him.

The guards tried to stop Tantholdt from filming, with one even raising his hand in an attempt to block the camera.

Tantholdt, who was involved in an incident before the tournament even started when security staff threatened to break his live camera, repeatedly told them he was allowed to film as a member of the media.

The guards then backed off and Davis told Tantholdt he was fine. He said: ‘They [the police] I twisted my arm a bit but other than that I’m fine. It was very aggressive.

Officers surrounded Davis, who stood calmly

An officer tried to prevent journalist Rasmus Tantholdt from filming

Police surrounded Davis after he was deported, with one trying to prevent the shooting

Davis later revealed he had been cleared to return to the stands, posting a photo on Twitter

Davis later revealed he had been cleared to return to the stands, posting a photo on Twitter

Davis was then allowed back into the stadium and took to Twitter to post a photo of himself in the stands giving a thumbs up and writing: ‘Today was a bit hectic. But I’m ready for the game.

Ahead of the tournament, FIFA revealed that team captains could face booking and potential suspension if they accept their decision to wear the OneLove rainbow armband as a show of solidarity with the community. LGBT+.

The captains of nine European nations, including American Group B rivals Harry Kane in England and Gareth Bale in Wales, planned to wear One Love armbands promoting inclusivity and LGBTQ+ rights in Qatar, a country that criminalizes homosexual relationships.

England and six European nations were forced to withdraw and did not wear OneLove armbands in Qatar after FIFA threatened sporting sanctions for those wearing them.

The decision has been made that England captain Harry Kane will not wear the One Love armband

The decision has been made that England captain Harry Kane will not wear the One Love armband

The FA made the call amid fears the England skipper could be booked immediately for it

The FA made the call amid fears the England skipper could be booked immediately for it

England and Wales fans should have faced tighter security checks ahead of their Group B, which was played alongside the United States, after a fan invaded the pitch with a rainbow flag as Portugal beat Uruguay on Monday.

During the Group H match, activist Mario Ferri ran onto the pitch at Lusail Stadium in Qatar wearing a Superman t-shirt with the words “Save Ukraine” on the front and “Respect for Iranian woman” on the back.

Security officials chased Ferri, who was also holding a rainbow flag, before being escorted away.

Ferri, who is described in his Instagram bio as a footballer and influencer, updated his followers on Tuesday saying “I’m free”.

The man burst onto the pitch in the second half of the game waving the Pride flag

The man burst onto the pitch in the second half of the game waving the Pride flag

Man was tackled to the ground by security during pro-LGBT rights protest in Qatar

Man was tackled to the ground by security during pro-LGBT rights protest in Qatar

After running on the field for a few minutes, the protester was taken away by security

After running on the field for a few minutes, the protester was taken away by security

He was carried away by security moments after bursting onto the pitch during the game between Portugal and Uruguay

He was carried away by security moments after bursting onto the pitch during the game between Portugal and Uruguay

Earlier in the tournament, American football journalist Grant Wahl claimed he was refused entry to a World Cup stadium in Qatar for wearing a rainbow jersey.

Wahl was watching USA’s first World Cup game against Wales and wore a black t-shirt with a rainbow-colored circle wrapped around a soccer ball on the front , in support of the LGBTQ+ community.

He took to Twitter to claim he was initially refused entry to the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan and detained for nearly half an hour before being allowed entry.

US football journalist Grant Wahl has claimed he was refused entry to a World Cup stadium in Qatar for wearing a rainbow t-shirt before the States opener United against Wales

US football journalist Grant Wahl has claimed he was refused entry to a World Cup stadium in Qatar for wearing a rainbow t-shirt before the States opener United against Wales

Wahl later revealed he was finally allowed into the media center after being held for almost half an hour and reassured social media users that he was fine.

Wahl later revealed he was finally allowed into the media center after being held for almost half an hour and reassured social media users that he was fine.

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