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FIFA has confirmed fans will be allowed to wear rainbow bucket hats and bring rainbow flags into the stadium for Wales’ match against Iran this morning – after they were confiscated ahead of the team’s 1-1 draw. this with the US earlier this week.

Football Association of Wales says locations in Cata were contacted and instructed to follow the agreed rules and regulations, including at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayman, where the Dragons will face Iran in the second match in Group B at 10am (UK time).

In a statement, it added: “FAW calls for FIFA to adhere to their message that people will be welcome in Qatar in time World Cup and continue to highlight any further human rights issues.

“We stay with the belief that football is for everyone.”

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The agreement, specifically between FIFA and FAW only – came after the first week of the tournament was marred by the governing body’s handling of the LGBTQ+ symbol.

FIFA has threatened to fire the captain professional OneLove armband wearer.

All eyes will be on the Wales and England players to see if they can follow in Germany’s footsteps and stand their ground ahead of the game.

The German players covered their mouths in a team photo before the 1-2 loss to Japan to show “FIFA is gagging us” by blocking an attempt to wear the rainbow-colored OneLove armband.

British boss Gareth Southgate did not rule out the possibility that his team would make a pre-match gesture against the US to highlight human rights concerns, but said they would not be pressured to do so.

That match kicks off at 7pm at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.

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The seven European nations competing at the World Cup – including Germany, England and Wales – planned to wear OneLove’s anti-discrimination armbands throughout the tournament, but was not allowed to do so after the threat of sports sanctions from FIFA.

“I think we have to feel comfortable knowing what we stand for,” said Southgate.

“That’s not to say we won’t do anything if the timing is right, but I think we’re in a hurry to be seen doing something, we could make a bad mistake. .”

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Neil Mooney, chief executive of FAW, said football fans’ caps and rainbow flags should not have been confiscated in the first place.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, he said the FAW was “horrified” to hear that rainbow bucket hats had been taken away from supporters and staff in Qatar.

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He said the FAW had written to FIFA and indicated that it had “promised an open and inclusive World Cup”.

“Thankfully they’ve come back in just the last few hours, writing to say that our fans can wear rainbow-related clothing tomorrow, including bucket hats,” he said.

“We’re glad the fans are able to do that. It should never have been confiscated in the first place.

“We have text from FIFA that they can wear whatever they want.”

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