The Dutch football fan nicknamed “tit man” got kicked out of the stadium this Monday. The reason? His “OneLove” armband, which is designed to focus on inclusion and anti-discrimination in this year’s World Cup.
The man was also deprived of his large, inflatable breasts — his signature prop giving him the creative nickname.
The supporter was partying on the grounds of the arena where the Netherlands had just played against Senegal, in Monday’s match.
The man was then stopped by a police officer, ordering him to take the OneLove band off, according to Hart van Nederland. The OneLove band is a symbol used during this year’s edition of the World cup to protest Qatar’s discrimination against LGBTQ+ people.
According to “the tit man”, the officer simply stated the band was “not allowed”, without elaborating on the reasons why.
Relatively safe for supporters
The fan was ensured that the inflatable breasts were acceptable props for the game.
However, the supporter was ordered to remove the OneLove band, and the inflatable breasts, as being caused by the individual officer’s personal opinion.
He has otherwise described the conditions for fans of the world cup as “safe”.
The Qatari organisation of the world cup has received widespread criticism, based on the country’s human rights violations.
Same-sex relationships can result in prison sentences in Qatar, and players and supporters have marked their dismay by wearing the OneLove armbands during the World Cup.
Additionally, the living and working conditions of the thousands of migrant workers used to build the World Cup infrastructure have been described as nothing less than modern-day slavery.
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