The technical staff of the American team

Fifa do not allow political statements to be displayed inside stadiums and, while world football’s governing body have no issue with this message, Qatari stadium security have at times taken a different view. There was no obvious sight of the message inside the stadium among a vociferous  fanbase. The players had stayed silent during the national anthem before their defeat against England. They sang before beating Wales – amid some booing and jeering from their own fans – and they again sang here. Quoting a ‘security source’, the American cable news network CNN had claimed before the game that the players had been threatened with repercussions if they again kept quiet or took part in any political protest.

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