England fans face singing ban with Qatari cops telling supporters to ‘be quiet’

England fans could face being banned from singing at the World Cup with Qatar police officers already telling supporters to be quiet.

It comes after authorities intervened over a group of South American fans who were singing on public transport with the supporters being shut up, reported the Express.

Ecuador fans were celebrating their 2-0 win over Qatar, the opening game of the tournament while some Argentina fans were also aboard, still in fiesta mode despite their shock loss to Saudi Arabia.

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The police intervention gives them the prerogative to extend their strict no-singing rule to other groups of fans – including the travelling English party who have made the 4,250-mile trip to the Middle East to cheer on the Three Lions.

It is just the latest controversy in a string of high-profile incidents from over-zealous authorities. As the tournament got underway, a Danish TV crew were approached by security who threatened to break their camera.

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There have also been countless moments where fans have had rainbow-related clothing taken or banned, including former Wales captain Laura McAllister being told to take off a rainbow bucket hat.

The alcohol ban has also caused controversy after Qatari officials U-turned over a decision to sell beer in stadiums. Budweiser had been the official sponsor of the tournament and it is unclear if any action will be taken legally from the alcohol company.

It has also forced fans to look far and wide for a decent pint – with booze not coming cheap either. Coupled with a singing ban, the strict laws are already affecting atmospheres in grounds – which appear to be half full anyway.


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