‘Important we respect their culture’: Wales to address any Qatari problems at the pitch

‘Important we respect their culture’: Wales to address any Qatari problems at the pitch

Wales, headed for the World Cup, will address all issues raised by Qatari laws and customs in their Nations League pitch this week.

Wales will play their first World Cup in 64 years in November, when the tiny Gulf state becomes the first Arab nation to hold the tournament.

A Qatari cultural behavior guide, which addresses issues such as dress code and alcohol consumption, has been posted on the tournament’s official website.

Wales v Netherlands - UEFA Nations League - Group A4 - Cardiff City Stadium

Wales manager Robert Page says it is important that his players and staff respect Qatari culture during the World Cup (Zac Goodwin / PA)

The guide stresses that visitors should not stare at Qatari or ask women for information and suggests that cameras should be used as little as possible.

Wales manager Robert Page, whose squad will conclude his Nations League campaign in Belgium on Thursday and at home to Poland three days later, said: “We have (planned) matches to tackle whatever we think might be a problem there. out.

“It is important to respect their culture when we go out. We don’t want to unintentionally upset anyone.

“We have to understand what we are going into, what to do and what not to do”.

Allegations about the treatment of migrant workers and poor human rights reputation have plagued Qatar since it was controversially awarded this winter’s 2010 final.

Wales v Belgium - UEFA Nations League - Group 4 - Cardiff City Stadium

Wales Football Association CEO Noel Mooney said Wales players will be briefed on their views on controversial issues surrounding the Qatar World Cup (David Davis / PA)

Welsh Football Association managing director Noel Mooney said that after qualification was secured through the June play-offs, players would be briefed on their views on World Cup matters.

Male homosexuality is punishable by imprisonment and same-sex marriages are not recognized by the Qatari government.

Asked in May about gay participation in the tournament, the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, said “we expect and want people to respect our culture”.

Wales will play their three group games against England, Iran and the United States at the 40,000-seat Ahmad bin Ali stadium.

Page was part of a FAW delegation to Qatar in July and said: “It was 44 degrees (Celsius), unbelievably hot, and thankfully it won’t be in November.

“They did their best to please him. I went to the stadium where we play our three games and it’s great.

“They put air conditioning units all over the pitch, I could hear it from where I was.

“I’m not so sure the players will hear it from the center of the pitch, and our fans certainly won’t do it from the top of the stands.

“I’m really happy with the hotel and the training facilities are great, being out there made us want even more.

“It’s not cheap to get there and I feel for the fans because I want them to have that great experience. But we haven’t been to a World Cup for a long time and I think they will arrive in Qatar ”.

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