Qatari royal fails to acknowledge female FIFA officials

A member of Qatar’s royal family failed to acknowledge female officials with a fist bump during a FIFA Club World Cup awards ceremony.

Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani was filmed bumping fists with male officials following Bayern Munich’s 1-0 victory over Tigres UANL in the Club World Cup final in Qatar yesterday.

But, when female referees Edina Alves Batista and Neuza Back approach, the Sheikh appears to snub them – with the women following instructions to walk straight past the royal. 

Sheikh Joaan – who handed out the awards alongside FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Thursday – is the younger brother of Qatar’s ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and is the president of Qatar’s Olympic Committee. 

The FIFA World Cup 2022 is set to be held in Qatar – making it the first Muslim and Arab country to host the event.  


The Daily Mail
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