Doha - Qatar's national team could face disciplinary action
from FIFA after players warmed up for a Soccer World Cup qualifier against
South Korea Tuesday in T-shirts showing support for the country's emir.
The players prepared for the crucial game in Doha wearing
white shirts emblazoned with a profile portrait of Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad
The image has become a widely-used symbol of defiance by
Qataris in response to the current diplomatic crisis in the Gulf which has seen
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain and others cut all ties with
The T-shirt was also waved by attacking midfielder Hasan
Al-Haydos after he put the Qataris 1-0 ahead from a free-kick in the 25th
After scoring Haydos sprinted to the touchline and held up a
T-shirt to the crowd.
The show of support from the national football team comes
during the worst diplomatic crisis witnessed in the Gulf for years.
Saudi and its allies claim they have moved in response to
Qatar's support for "terrorism", a charge strongly denied by Doha,
which says the diplomatic isolation is "unjust".
Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup finals.
FIFA bans any unsanctioned political, religious or
commercial messages on shirts.
Earlier this week in response to the Gulf crisis, FIFA
president Gianni Infantino said football's governing body does "not
interfere in geopolitics" and gave his support for the 2022 tournament
going ahead in Qatar.
Afterwards, Qatar's Uruguayan coach Jorge Fossati defended
his players and then condemned the "ridiculous situation" of the
"blockade" on the emirate.
"I don't see something that can receive a punishment as
it is a T-shirt with a picture of the emir," he said.
"It doesn't say anything against anybody."
He added: "I can't agree with the blockade that is
against the people, against the families, many families are damaged, they
really don't deserve this."