FIFA fines Qatar after players’ political support for Emir

A man holds a t-shirt with a picture of Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani on June 13, 2017. (Reuters)

FIFA has fined Qatar’s soccer federation after national team players breached rules against political statements by displaying T-shirts of the country’s Emir at a World Cup qualifier.

FIFA says its disciplinary panel imposed a $51,800 (50,000 Swiss francs) fine and reprimanded Qatar, the 2022 World Cup host.

The incident happened in Doha on June 13, amid a dispute with regional rivals Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE.

Qatar’s players warmed up for a 3-2 win over South Korea wearing white T-shirts with an image of Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani to show their support for him.

FIFA says the charges related to “"displaying a political image” and “political displays” by spectators.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:54 - GMT 06:54