As word of their appearance at the tournament spread, some residents condemned their presence on Twitter using the hashtag #لا_للتطبيع_الرياضي_في_قطر (“No to normalizing relations in sports in Qatar.”)
Several vendors in the Gold Souq told Doha News this week that the requirement has been in place for several years and was introduced after police uncovered several efforts to unload stolen jewelry on vendors.
Speaking at their bi-monthly meeting this morning, members of the Central Municipal Council (CMC) said this practice causes embarrassment and is against the traditions and customs of a conservative country like Qatar.
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