There have been many incidents where soccer fans from around the world have been forced to refrain from expressing support for the LGBTQ2 community at the men’s World Cup in Qatar.
A Guelph, Ont., woman, shared her experience of being in Qatar with Global News on Thursday.
Helen Loftin was at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium Wednesday afternoon to see Canada take on powerhouse Belgium in their opening match of the tournament.
She told 640 Toronto radio host Greg Brady that she brought a Pride flag with her to the venue.
“I had it out without incident for a good five minutes,” said Loftin. “But as soon as the team came out for the warm-up … I was really waving the flag and maybe I got a bit too enthusiastic. Then the police showed up and took it away.”