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.