Fifa in last-minute U-turn with rainbow colours now allowed in World Cup stadiums… including famous Wales bucket hats

FIFA have made a last-minute U-turn to allow rainbow colours in World Cup stadiums.

Both fans and journalists were prevented from wearing rainbow-coloured clothing at matches.

PAFIFA have made a last-minute U-turn to allow rainbow colours in World Cup stadiums[/caption]

It came after seven competing teams – including England – were forced to abandon plans for their captains to wear the OneLove armband.

But the Welsh FA have said rainbow-coloured attire will be permitted in stadiums for the remainder of the Qatar tournament.

It paves the way for Welsh fans to wear their famous multi coloured bucket hats.

A statement read: “In response to the FAW, Fifa has confirmed that fans with Rainbow Wall bucket hats and rainbow flags will be allowed entry to the stadium for Cymru’s match against Iran on Friday.

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“All World Cup venues have been contacted and instructed to follow the agreed rules and regulations.”

The FAW were “extremely disappointed” by reports supporters and members of its staff were asked to remove Rainbow Wall bucket hats before entry to their match with the USA.

Qatar has been heavily criticised for its stance on same-sex relationships, human rights record and treatment of migrant workers.

But teams were left to scrap wearing the OneLove armband amid fears of being BOOKED before matches even started.


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The decision to block the armband prompted Germany players to covered their mouths during a team picture before losing their opener to Japan.

Germany later said in a statement: “We wanted to use our captain’s armband to take a stand for values that we hold in the Germany national team: diversity and mutual respect.

“Together with other nations, we wanted our voice to be heard.

It wasn’t about making a political statement – human rights are non-negotiable. That should be taken for granted, but it still isn’t the case.

“That’s why this message is so important to us. Denying us the armband is the same as denying us a voice. We stand by our position.”

GettyGermany players cover their mouths during a team picture[/caption]

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