Qatari official demands journalist removes One Love armband while live on air

A World Cup journalist was asked to remove his One Love armband while reporting from Qatar.

Jon Pagh, who works for Danish broadcaster TV 2 Sport, was preparing to deliver a piece to camera outside the hotel where his nation's squad are staying when a Qatari official approached him.

They'd taken issue with the anti-discrimination armband, which FIFA banned the likes of Harry Kane and Gareth Bale from using during the tournament earlier this week, he was wearing. Pagh refused to comply, telling the official: "I respect that you are telling me that, but I can't take it off."

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He then asked: "Why is it not allowed? Is it because of the colours?" The official replied "yeah", before attempting to obscure the lens of the camera which was set to record Pagh with his hand.

"It is just one love. It is just respecting everybody," the Dane added. He and his colleagues then reportedly left the scene.

There's been a series of incidents involving the press and fans who have worn LGBTQ+ symbols over the past week in Qatar, where same-sex relationships are illegal.

Another TV 2 journalist, Rasmus Tantholdt, was the first to be confronted ahead of the tournament getting underway. Officials threatened to break his crew's camera and wouldn't let them film.

They were ultimately issued with an apology by The Qatar Supreme Committee, but that hasn't stopped similar events occurring. Countless fans have been refused entry to matches because they're wearing rainbow coloured clothing.

Wales supporters, including former national team captain Laura McAllister, were told to remove their bucket hats which had been worn in support of the LGBTQ+ community as they attended their opening match against the USA.

American reporter Grant Wahl also experienced issues after turning up in t-shirt with had a football surrounded by a rainbow emblazoned on it.


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