Qatar World Cup police uniforms unveiled at bizarre football kit launch

Qatar World Cup security uniforms unveiled (Image: Ministry of Interior)

Security at the World Cup is equipped with trendy threads (Image: Ministry of the Interior)

Qatar released the new uniforms for World Cup security personnel in a bizarre ‘kit launch’.

The government has given football fans a first glimpse of the trendy threads that security forces will be wearing as they try to crack down on fans at next month’s World Cup.

In a bizarre start, Qatari authorities unveiled the uniforms like something out of a football kit promo event.

Mannequins were inspected by the Qatari Prime Minister as he awarded the Gold Seal of Approval at the special event at the Interior Ministry building in Doha.

Security personnel have their own custom badge as well as three different outfits that fans will compare to home, away and third kits.

The “Home” variant, or “General Security” uniform, is all black with a thin checkered stripe running down the middle, perhaps a nod to Qatar winning the rights to host the World Cup in 2010.

It has red and blue accents on the shoulders – the red stands for “high alert” and blue for “silence” – with men expected to wear a military-style beret and women a hat.

Qatar World Cup security uniforms unveiled (Image: Ministry of Interior)

The World Cup uniforms were released in a bizarre kit launch (Image: Home Office)

Qatar World Cup security uniforms unveiled (Image: secomitee2022)

The “third kit” or explosives detection has a sand-colored camo style (Image: secomitee2022)

Qatar World Cup security uniforms unveiled (Image: secomitee2022)

Football fans could confuse security staff with other fans in casual uniform (Image: secomitee2022)

Qatar World Cup security uniforms unveiled (Image: secomitee2022)

Security teams have their own badge ahead of the World Cup (Image: secomitee2022)

“Away gear” or “riot police” uniforms have numerous layers of padding to ensure maximum physical protection from pyrotechnics, rocks, and other violent objects.

You also get a nice accessory in the form of a black shield, suitable for days when fan bashing becomes a necessity.

And finally, the “third kit” or “explosives detection,” a thick beige jacket that could possibly be a nod to Qatar’s most common commodity, sand.

It also comes with a long mirror that lets you peek around corners without getting too close to explosives.

Adam Hurrey tweeted, saying, “Certainly the first World Cup where the organizers have ‘dropped’ the security uniforms such as home, away and third kits.”

The launch comes after Denmark announced their red jersey for the World Cup would be in protest at Qatar’s human rights record.

Hummelsport’s toned-down, all-red design comes as manufacturers said, “We don’t want to be visible at a tournament that has claimed the lives of thousands of people.

“We fully support the Danish national team, but that’s not the same as supporting Qatar as the host country.

“We believe sport should bring people together. And if not, we want to make an explanation.’

Other nations including England, Agentina and USA also recently released their own new kits for the tournament.

The kits were overlooked at the inauguration ceremony by Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdul Aziz Al Thani last week.

Each unit received a different colored T-shirt in a presentation to the Prime Minister, along with the introduction of the cars, vehicles and motorcycles to be used in the World Championship.

The president of the SSOC’s training and rehabilitation unit, Lt. Col. Fahad Al Subaie, told the Qatar News Agency that a committee was formed to produce an “extraordinary and unprecedented” uniform for security forces.

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Qatar World Cup security uniforms unveiled (Image: Ministry of Interior)

Mannequins lined up in their new kit (Image: Home Office)

Qatar World Cup security uniforms unveiled (Image: Ministry of Interior)

They were inspected by the Prime Minister of Qatar and took two years to design (Image: Ministry of Interior).

Qatar World Cup security uniforms unveiled (Image: secomitee2022)

Fans commented online that the reveal looked like a football shirt launch (Image: secomitee2022)

Qatar World Cup security uniforms unveiled (Image: secomitee2022)

Riot police step up as they crack down on fans in Qatar (Image: secomitee2022)

Qatar World Cup security uniforms unveiled (Image: secomitee2022)

Armed security guards sport a sleek black uniform (Image: secomitee2022)

Qatar World Cup security uniforms unveiled (Image: Ministry of Interior)

It looks like all security on the bench will have to wear bibs just like the players (Image: Home Office)

The committee did its best to prepare “creative uniforms, vehicles and motorcycles” that “draw fans in while maintaining security identity and character,” he told QNA.

He said the fabrics used to make the uniform had been tested during the tournament to be “comfortable” for security personnel and “appropriate for the climate”.

Al Subaie also expressed hope that the approved uniform would be patented worldwide as it was closely related to the police forces in Qatar State.

Al Subaie added that this uniform could be used and adopted in all activities and championships after the World Cup, stressing that there will be increased campaigns to promote the uniform to fans.

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