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BBC reporter turned away at Qatar World Cup along with cameraman wearing rainbow-striped watch

BBC reporter turned away at Qatar World Cup along with cameraman wearing rainbow-striped watch

World Cup – Staff stopped BBC sports correspondent Natalie Pirks and her cameramen from getting into the Al Bayt stadium in Qatar after they spotted him wearing a rainbow watch strap.

‘Just arrived at the Al Bayt stadium for England’s game and my cameraman, wearing the rainbow coloured watch strap his son got him, was stopped by security and refused entry,’ said Natalie on Twitter.

‘Clearly, FIFA’s message is STILL not getting through,’ she added.

BBC reporter turned away at Qatar World Cup along with cameraman wearing rainbow-striped watch
A BBC staff member was denied entry due to wearing a rainbow coloured watch strap

They eventually got past security after speaking on a hotline set up for people having trouble entering the stadium.

However, football fans are skeptical of the Qatari government after it reversed its decision to allow fans to wear rainbow headwear and outfits at the 2022 World Cup in response to a social media backlash.

‘Fifa, we still don’t believe you. Your treatment of LGBTQ+ fans and allies this World Cup has been disgusting,’ said Welsh fans’ group Rainbow Wall on Twitter, adding: ‘We won’t be silenced.’

Guards in Qatar confiscated rainbow-colored items from fans on Monday, ahead of Wales’ 1-1 draw with the United States.

World Cup fans were shocked after being told they could bring rainbow-themed bucket hats and flags into the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium.

Qatari officials had previously ordered Welsh fans to remove the rainbow-themed items before entering the stadium for their first game against the United States on Monday.

But the Football Association of Wales (FAW) said that FIFA had reassured them that Qatari officials would not stop their fans from wearing the hats, which are a symbol of support for members of the LGBTQ community.

BBC reporter turned away at Qatar World Cup along with cameraman wearing rainbow-striped watch
‘BBC Sports correspondent Natalie Pirks is pictured with England fans