MEXICO CITY –
Mexico fans have been suggested by their authorities not to put on their vibrant ‘Lucha Libre’ wrestling masks at World Cup matches in Qatar to adjust to native guidelines.
Alfonso Zegbe of the nation’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) requested fans not to put on the masks on the World Cup, citing steering from the event’s organizing committee, though organizers advised Reuters there was no such coverage in place.
The masks of basic fighters, corresponding to ‘El Santo’ and ‘Blue Demon’, are fashionable amongst Mexico fans, who routinely put on them at worldwide competitions such because the World Cup and the Olympics.
“The newest replace from the Organising Committee is that (wrestling) masks will not be allowed,” Zegbe, the SRE’s government director of Strategy and Public Diplomacy, advised ESPN.
“It is vital to co-ordinate with them, inform them that it’s the Mexican (custom) and it is doable that they may not say something or they may say, ‘please take them off’. That is why it is strongly recommended not to put on masks.”
Reuters has contacted the SRE for additional particulars.
However, Qatar’s World Cup organizers, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC), advised Reuters there was no coverage prohibiting masks on the World Cup.
“Full face masks, such because the well-known Mexican wrestling masks, would clearly have to be eliminated for safety causes heading right into a stadium,” the SC wrote in an emailed assertion.
“This isn’t any completely different to a medical masks being requested to be lowered by safety, one thing that we have now all witnessed and skilled due to COVID-19.
“There has been no coverage set in place or communicated to say fans will not be allowed to put on such masks in any of Qatar’s World Cup stadiums or different areas within the nation.
“We look ahead to welcoming as many Mexican fans as doable subsequent month.”
According to world soccer’s governing physique FIFA, Mexico can have one of many greatest fan contingents on the World Cup.
Mexico are in Group C the place they may face Poland, Argentina and Saudi Arabia. Their first match is in opposition to Poland on Nov. 22.
Reporting by Angelica Medina in Mexico CityEditing by Toby Davis