Dr Nayef bin Nahar, an outspoken Qatari academic, called out a US journalist who claimed he was detained outside a stadium for wearing a rainbow t-shirt.
Qatari academic Dr Nayef bin Nahar (L) called out US journalist Grant Wahl. (Photos: Twitter)
By India Today Web Desk: A US sports journalist, who is in Qatar to cover the FIFA World Cup, claimed that he was briefly detained by security staff after he wore a rainbow t-shirt to the US’s World Cup opener against Wales on Tuesday.
The tweet by Grant Wahl, the journalist, caused a furore on social media, with many lending him support while others, mostly Qatari nationals, schooling him to respect the “culture of the region”.
Dr Nayef bin Nahar, an outspoken Qatari academic, said, “As a Qatari I’m proud of what happened. I don’t know when will the westerners realize that their values aren’t universal. There are other cultures with different values that should be equally respected. Let’s not forget that the West is not the spokesperson for humanity.”
“Respect the culture of the region and follow the rules as civilized person,” another Qatari national tweeted.
Earlier, Grant Wahl had tweeted that he was stopped from entering the stadium for the US-Wales game. “Just now: Security guard refusing to let me into the stadium for USA-Wales. “You have to change your shirt. It’s not allowed,” he tweeted.
He was later detained when he tried to enter the stadium while wearing a rainbow shirt in support of the LGBTQIA+ community in a country where same-sex relations are illegal.
Grant claimed his phone was taken away when he tweeted about the incident. He was then detained for 25 minutes and told to remove his t-shirt.
Earlier, seven European countries ditched plans for their respective captains to wear ‘OneLove’ armbands after FIFA threatened to issue yellow cards to any player wearing the multi-coloured armband, which was introduced to support diversity and inclusion.