World Cup: US fan ‘aggressively’ ejected for wearing rainbow armband

Brian Davis proudly wore his rainbow armband in the face of Qatari police (Picture: Getty Images Europe)

A World Cup fan was ‘aggressively’ dragged from the stands with ‘his arm twisted back’ for wearing a rainbow armband.

American Brian Davis was forcibly removed from his seat after refusing to take off the item, which supports the LGBTQ+ community.

The incident erupted as he arrived at the Al Thumama Stadium to watch the USA take on Iran on Tuesday.

It comes after Fifa assured supporters that the rainbow flag will ‘not be prohibited’ at stadiums for the next round of games.

Football fans have been left fuming after rainbow items designed to protest against Qatar’s shocking LGBTQ+ laws have been confiscated numerous times.

A clip shared by Danish reporter, Rasmus Tantholdt, shows Brian standing calmly in the outer layer of the stadium surrounded by Qatari police.

When asked if he is okay, he replies: ‘They twisted my arm a little bit when I came up, but other than that I’m fine. It was very aggressive.’

Pointing to his rainbow armband, he said: ‘So, I went through security with this on, security said it was fine – I talked to a gentleman.

Security surrounds Brian before removing him (Picture: Getty Images Europe)
He claimed his arms were twisted back (Picture: Getty Images Europe)

‘I obviously haven’t been drinking and I’m just sitting in a chair and they came up and said “you have to take it off”.

I said “no, that’s not true”, and these gentleman came up and fairly aggressively grabbed me, twisted my arms back.’

At the beginning of the clip, officers make an attempt to shoo away journalist Rasmus, who insists he has permission to film.

It’s not the first time he has clashed with security, with a previous viral clip showing guards threatening to smash his camera as he reported live on air.

Qatari officials later apologised for the incident – but the TV2 correspondent said yesterday he had been briefly detained by police after filming Iranians allegedly being attacked by supporters of the country’s regime.

Security told him ‘you have to take it off’ (Picture: Getty Images Europe)

Same-sex sexual activity is prohibited in Qatar under the Penal Code 2004 and those prosecuted face up to seven years in prison. It’s possible the death penalty could be imposed.

England and many other countries controversially U-turned on their plans to wear the OneLove armband at the World Cup after Fifa threatened them with yellow cards and fines.

The German FA plans to take legal action against Fifa after one of the country’s largest supermarket chains cut commercial ties over the human rights row.

The German squad hit the headlines when they covered their mouths with their hands in protest over FIFA’s threat to sanction players who wear the armband.

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