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Here’s why wearing a Barcelona shirt in the wrong place could land you in prison for 15 years

Arab superpowers including UAE and Saudi Arabia have cut relations with former Barca sponsor Qatar over claims they support extremism

No, this isn’t anything to do with taxes.

Wearing a Barcelona shirt in the United Arab Emirates could land you in prison for 15 years.

Arab superpowers including the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have cut relations with Qatar over claims they support extremism.

Careful where you do that, Leo

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Careful where you do that, Leo

They accuse the State of supporting armed militant groups as well as their regional rival, Iran – claims which Qatar say are baseless.

Saudi Arabia and several other Arab states have suspended flights to and from Qatar, affecting the nation’s airline and Barcelona sponsor, Qatar Airways.

Qatar Airways have sponsored Barcelona’s shirt from 2013, while two years before that from 2011 it was the Qatar Foundation on the jerseys.

Last year Barcelona announced a new four-year sponsorship deal with Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten from the start of next season.

Barcelona shirt have worn Qatar logos every year since 2011

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Barcelona shirt have worn Qatar logos every year since 2011

According to reports in Argentine paper Ole Internacional, if you are spotted wearing a Qatar Barcelona shirt in the UAE, you will be slapped with a £110,000 fine or 15 years in jail.

That would be extremely harsh punishment for many people completely besotted with Barcelona, a huge club in the Middle East.

If that doesn’t motivate you to buy the new shirt then nothing will.

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