FIFA Frets Crusader Costumes Worn By England Fans Are ‘Offensive’

At a glance

  • Ahead of England’s World Cup clash with the United States on Friday, world football’s governing body FIFA said that Crusader costumes worn by England fans are “offensive” after it emerged that some supporters had been turned away from stadiums in Qatar.
  • FIFA says that “it strives to create a discrimination-free environment, to promote diversity across the organization and in all of its activities and events.”
  • Some England fans attend sporting events dressed as the English patron St. George, equipped with helmets, crosses and plastic swords.

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