It hasn't taken long for England fans to brew up some controversy at the World Cup in Qatar, with some fans coming in for criticism after wearing the controversial crusaders costumes.
Despite the banning of alcohol and the lack of white plastic chairs, a few England fans have made headlines in the Middle-East for the brain dead decision to don the medieval outfits.
Given the history of the Crusades in the Middle-East, and their rape and pillaging in that part of the world during over hundreds of year, the costumes are particularly offensive at the Qatar World Cup.
Qatari authorities have now started banning any England fans who are seen wearing the attire from stadiums.
A remarkable video also surfaced four days ago of an England supporter in his crusader's gear stating, without a hint of irony, that, "what they don't realise in places like Qatar is the fans are the essence of the game. We are what makes football it's not the corporates."
England Fans Cause Controversy At Qatar World Cup
Qatari authorities have started banning England fans from wearing crusader costumes in stadiums.
The attire, complete with swords and crosses, are offensive due to crusader history of rape, slaughter and occupation of Arab lands.#Qatar #Eng #FIFAWorldCup pic.twitter.com/BoL6dnZEjz
— Robert Carter (@Bob_cart124) November 23, 2022
An England fan in Qatar speaks to TalkTV about the treatment of fans at the World Cup.
"What they don't realise in places like Qatar is the fans are the essence of the game. We are what makes football it's not the corporates."#WorldCup | #TalkTV pic.twitter.com/AQ2uLocGXZ
— TalkTV (@TalkTV) November 20, 2022
A spokesperson for the World Cup has also issued a statement advising people against the wearing of knights and crusaders costumes in 'Qatar and other Islamic countries.'
"We would advise fans who are attending FIFA World Cup matches that certain attire, such as fancy-dress costumes representing knights or crusaders, may not be welcomed in Qatar and other Islamic countries.
"Foreign Office travel advice issued before the tournament expressed that fans should familiarise themselves with local customs, and we would encourage fans to take this approach."
England's second game of the World Cup takes place tomorrow at 19:00 against the USA.