Qatar football team faces FIFA sanction for Emir shirt

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Qatar's national football team could face disciplinary action from FIFA after its players warmed up for a World Cup qualifier against South Korea wearing t-shirts showing support for the country's Emir.

The show of support for Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani came after several Gulf nations and Egypt cut ties with Qatar and imposed economic sanctions on Doha for allegedly supporting "extremism".

The white shirts worn by the players were emblazoned with a profile portrait of the Emir, an image that has become a widely used symbol of defiance by Qataris in response to the diplomatic crisis.

After the match, that Qatar won 3-2, its Uruguayan coach Jorge Fossati defended his players and then condemned the "ridiculous situation" of the "blockade".

On the field, Qatar's Hasan Al Haydos scored the winner 16 minutes from time in the win that keeps their hopes alive of a third-place finish in Group A and a shot at the playoffs.

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