England fans dressed as crusaders banned from entering World Cup stadiums

England fans dressed as crusaders have been banned from entering World Cup stadiums at the risk of upsetting locals.

Two supporters were seemingly led away by security this week after turning up at the Khalifa International Stadium donning chain mail and helmets depicting the Patron Saint of England. Footage appears to show Qatari officials ushering the duo away from the turnstiles though it is unclear as to whether the fans were later allowed to watch the Three Lions' opening Group B fixture.

A spokesman for Kick It Out had previously stated that crusader costumes "may not be welcomed in Qatar and other Islamic countries".

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The Crusades took place between 1095 and 1291 with Christian armies fighting to seize Jerusalem and the surrounding areas from Islamic rule. Kick It Out have once again urged supporters to "familiarise themselves with local customs," and avoid wearing crusader costumes to future World Cup matches.

"We would advise fans who are attending FIFA World Cup matches that certain attire, such as fancy-dress costumes representing knights or crusaders, may not be welcomed in Qatar and other Islamic countries," said the spokesperson.

"Foreign Office travel advice issued before the tournament expressed that fans should familiarise themselves with local customs, and we would encourage fans to take this approach."

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As well as the two fans that were led away in chain mail, several England supporters were left fuming prior to the Three Lions' 6-2 drubbing of Iran due to FIFA's official app failing to show valid tickets at the turnstiles.

Hundreds of England fans were prohibited from entering the 45,000-capacity venue with long queues forming outside the main ticketing office in Doha’s Convention Centre.

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The lengthy wait meant a number of fans missed the Three Lions' opening World Cup match as goals from Jude Bellingham, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford, Jack Grealish and Bukayo Saka (x2) sent Gareth Southgate's side top of Group B.

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