Fans of the UK team will have to forget about their crusader knight costumes when they cheer on their team in Qatar.
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This disguise, which has accompanied British fans for years at international competitions, shocked the Qatari organizers. They judged that the get-up was “an insult” to the local Muslim populations.
The supporters who will borrow the features of the Christian warriors will therefore no longer have access to the stadiums.
Note that these costumes had sparked controversy long before the World Cup in Qatar. They had been denounced during Euro 2016.
The Crusades, a military movement that marked the history of the Middle East in the Middle Ages, sought to get their hands on key elements of the history of Catholicism.
The most important was the conquest of Jerusalem between 1035 and 1291, where Crusader knights attempted to invade the holy city in addition to eliminating Muslims from the region.