A Malaysians was recently barred from entering the stadium to watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar after security personnel assumed that the Kedah football team jersey he was wearing had something to do with LGBT elements.
In a video posted on Dari Tepi Padang YouTube channel, the man from Johor, Zulfadli, can be seen stopped at the stadium doors for wearing a jersey with a colourful checkered pattern.
The channel’s host, Dato’ Jasni Shafie explained, “According to brother Zul, he was detained for more than half an hour and barred from entering the stadium for wearing this jersey and is under the suspicion that it has LGBT elements.”
The jersey is made up of red, yellow and green checkered patterns and has the word ‘Chenang Bay’ written on it.
“Maybe they saw ‘Chenang Gay’,” Dato’ Jasni joked.
Had to Google to show the security
This incident took place on the day of Germany’s final match at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar.
“At first I didn’t understand why they stopped me. According to them, they were confused with this jersey I was wearing because they said I was supporting the LGBT community.”
“They took pictures and sent them to the stadium’s management for the interrogation process,” he said, adding that he had to Google and show that this is in fact the official jersey of a soccer team in Malaysia.
However, the security personnel did not believed him and they waited for the management to decide on whether he is allowed to watch the Germany match.
Fortunately, Zulfadli was allowed to enter the stadium to watch the match that night.
Meanwhile Zulfadli said he wouldn’t put the blame on the security officials as they were merely following the procedure given by the organising committee.
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