2022-11-25 09:49:00

Exclusive: England fans in knight fancy dress accused of being 'Muslim killers' by Qatari police

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The Telegraph
By Mark Galeotti

Two England fans dressed as knights say they were accused of being Muslim killers by Qatari police as FIFA announced a ban on Crusader fancy dress.

The two men claimed they were ordered to take off their chain mail and St George shields outside Englands first match against Iran.

Social media footage of the two men showed them being led away by Qatari security.

Speaking for the first time, the two men, who did not wish to be named, told the Telegraph they were definitely not racists and claimed they had been dressed as knights from Monty Python rather than Crusaders.

Both are British expats who have lived in Doha for several years.

It was ridiculous, one of the men said. We turned up and the police first told us we couldnt take the swords in, even though they are made out of foam. Then a captain came running after us saying we couldnt wear the chainmail.

At one point one of them asked 'Are you Muslim killers?' Of course we arent Crusaders. Weve lived here for years and we have no problems with Muslims at all - we work with them every day.

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