Geneva, July 28: Amidst Gulf crisis, Qatar's football federation was fined by FIFA as the national team players breached rules against political statements by displaying T-shirts of the country's Emir at a World Cup qualifier. FIFA also reprimanded Qatar as Doha is going to host World Cup in 2022.
The incident happened in Doha on June 13, amid a dispute with regional rivals Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. Qatar player Hasan Alhaydos was also fined 5,000 Swiss francs ($5,180) for unsporting bad behaviour.
FIFA said Thursday its disciplinary panel imposed a 50,000 Swiss francs ($51,800) fine and reprimanded Qatar, the 2022 World Cup host. The charges related to "displaying a political image" and "political displays" by fans at a 3-2 win over South Korea in Doha, FIFA added.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and several other nations cut ties with Qatar and imposed stringent economic sanctions on it over supporting extremism. On the other side, Qatar denied all their allegations saying that they never supported Islamist militants and Shi'ite Iran.