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  • Radha Stirling

Can football resolve the feud between Qatar, the UAE and Saudi Arabia?


The ongoing dispute between Gulf neighbours Qatar, the UAE and Saudi Arabia (with a variety of other countries allied to one side or the other), has become increasingly disruptive and dangerous; even victimising disinterested foreign visitors to the Gulf as the rivals ramp up pressure tactics against each other.

Just last month a British national was attacked and subsequently jailed in the UAE for wearing a team jersey for the Qatar national football team while attending a match of the Asian Cup. Earlier, Matthew Hedges, another Briton, was accused by the UAE of being a spy, ostensibly because of his perceived Qatari connections, while doing research in the Emirates for his PhD.