FIFA imposes fine on Qatar for breaching rules against political statements
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 28-Jul-2017

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.

 

Notably, FIFA on Thursday imposed a fine on Qatar's football federation of $51,800 for breaching the rules as the players of national team warmed up for the game wearing white T-shirts with an image of Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to show their support for him. Fans at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium also wore and displayed images of the Emir

 

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.