The UAE has canceled reports it had delayed a British citizen for supporting Qatar during a football tournament. As per a statement issued by the UAE Embassy in the UK, the country told the dual Sudanese-British citizen was accused with “wasting police time and making false statements ”. The embassy highlighted that he was not imprisoned for wearing a Qatar football shirt.
According to the clarification of the embassy, “We understand from the authorities in Sharjah that Ali Essa Ahmed presented himself to the police station there in January, claiming he had been harassed and beaten up by UAE national football fans for cheering the Qatar team at the AFC Club tournament. The police took him to a hospital, where a doctor who examined him concluded that his injuries were inconsistent with his account of events and appeared to be self-inflicted. ”The statement included that Ahmed has “admitted” to the offenses and that he will now stand trial.
A UAE official told, “We are in touch with the UK embassy and due process has been followed. Mr. Ahmad speaks Arabic and fully understands the situation he has put himself in. This is an instance of a person seeking media attention and wasting police time ”.