Fifa bans fans from dressing as crusaders at England vs USA Match

A few England fans were seen wearing crusader costumes, such as chain-mail armour, plastic helmets and toy weapons

Which prompted a protest on social media, demanding a ban on such costumes.

In Muslim countries, it summons up a painful history of violent invasion by Christians seeking to capture Jerusalem and nearby areas under Islamic rule in the 11th to 13th centuries.

England fans will be barred from Friday's match in Qatar against the United States and future World Cup games

If they wear crusader replica costumes considered culturally insensitive in a Muslim country, FIFA was quoted as saying by news agency Reuters.

"These costumes in an Arab or Middle Eastern context can be perceived as being offensive, so that's the reason for them not being permitted in stadiums," a FIFA spokesperson said.

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