A British soccer fan who claims he was detained within the United Arab Emirates for sporting a Qatar shirt has instructed Sky Information he was left to starve in jail after being crushed up.
Ali Issa Ahmad was allegedly arrested for sporting the t-shirt after going to observe an Asian Cup tie between Qatar and Iraq final month.
The 26-year-old from Wolverhampton is now warning different soccer supporters to “watch out” if they’re contemplating travelling to the UAE.
In an interview with Sky’s Tom Parmenter following his return to the UK, Mr Ahmad mentioned: “I used to be crushed. I used to be terrified. I could not deal with it.
“They did not enable me to sleep for 3 days.
“They did not even enable me to eat or drink. It was unbelievable to be trustworthy.
“I do not know why they did that as a result of I used to be solely sporting a t-shirt for Qatar soccer.
“Of their regulation, you would face jail for 15 years for doing that. That is what they mentioned to me.
“I used to be handled very badly to be trustworthy.”
Mr Ahmad mentioned 4 “intelligence officers” had adopted him to his automotive after the soccer match ended and instructed him handy over his t-shirt.
After questioning why they wished the merchandise of clothes, he gave it to them however was adopted once more as he travelled from Abu Dhabi to Dubai.
The subsequent day, he mentioned was nonetheless being tracked so he modified motels – however he was adopted as soon as once more.
“It was fairly scary to be trustworthy,” Mr Ahmad mentioned.
” I do not know why these guys have been doing it. It was a really troublesome time.”
UAE officers have denied Mr Ahmad was detained for sporting the garment and insisted he had been charged after making false assault allegations to officers.
The UAE embassy in London mentioned the twin British-Sudanese nationwide had offered himself to a police station the place he claimed he had been harassed and crushed up by UAE nationwide soccer followers for cheering the Qatar staff.
The embassy claimed he had been assessed at a hospital the place a health care provider concluded his accidents “gave the impression to be self-inflicted”.
Mr Ahmad insisted “that wasn’t the case” and challenged the UAE authorities to offer CCTV proof to again up their claims.
He mentioned he was unaware that Qatar shirts have been banned within the UAE and mentioned soccer followers “needed to be cautious”.
“It is unbelievable that sporting a t-shirt is against the law,” he mentioned.
“It is freedom of assist and freedom of speech.”
Mr Ahmad added that he was “relieved” to be launched and had adopted Qatar’s soccer staff for a few years, watching the staff on the London 2012 Olympics
In its recommendation for guests to the UAE, the Overseas Workplace warns that anybody “displaying sympathy for Qatar on social media or by every other technique of communication could possibly be jailed or handed a ‘substantial’ high-quality”.
The legal guidelines have been launched after the UAE joined Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt in slicing ties with Qatar in 2017 over allegations the oil-rich state helps Islamic extremists. Doha denies the costs.