AL RAYYAN, Qatar — England Opening the World Cup’s first full day with a simple rout IranHowever, tensions were tightened elsewhere, and off the field.

There were protests that couldn’t be ignored and logistical problems that plagued the host of the highly-maligned tournament. On Monday, FIFA made it clear that they would not tolerate anyone who wanted to bring their cause to this event or in the weeks and days ahead.

Silent protests were dealt with in different ways. as FIFA opened the day by effectively banning the planned use of a captain’s armbands by some teams as A show of support for inclusiveness that Qatar doesn’t support

Fans of the team can be seen in the stands. Iran Team members who acted silently in support of the protest movement roiling this country were asked to store their Persian flags. as Or, they can wear their support shirts inside out and display symbols of freedom against the current regime.

But there were gestures. English players knelt. The national anthem was not sung by Iranian players. And in the stands, some Iranian fans sang the Persian anthem, a sound of protest aimed at the country’s theocratic government and its latest crackdowns on freedom.

Other problems existed outside the stadiums. On Monday, thousands discovered that their digital tickets were gone from their phones. The result was chaos and frustration, and officials had to quickly sort the mess at the stadium gates. Partly, they printed tickets and then let people in without scanning tickets.

The tournament looked most normal at Khalifa International Stadium’s green grass, which is the only of eight venues in Doha that was not built specifically for this event. It was constructed in 1976, and later renovated and extended for the World Cup.

EnglandA semifinalist four years back,, satisfied the anxious fan base with crushing IranBukayo Saka’s two goals powered a 6-2 victory.

England Three goals were scored in the first half. It quickly ended any suspense and made it clear that everyone was doing what they did in Qatar.

A coalition of European soccer associations had planned a way to make armbands in rainbow colors for the team captains. England’s Harry Kane was expected to be the first of many to take the field wearing one, emblazoned with the words “One Love” and is designed to support minority groups, particularly the L.G.B.T.Q. community. Qatar has made homosexuality a crime.

World Cup organizers went one further and announced that any such one-armed protests would be subject to a yellow card. Teams were furious about this decision and reacted by threatening to eject Kane. Kane wore a FIFA-approved bleu shirt when he arrived on the field. It had a heart and the words. “No Discrimination.”

England The occasion was not a moment to be ignored. In solidarity with the protests following the murder of American George Floyd, the players kneeled before kickoff. Since then, the gesture has been observed. as A broad approach to raising awareness about social justice issues

This was an opportunity to protest another form of violence, particularly against the government. IranDuring a protest against Mahsa Amini’s September death, 22-year-old Mahsa was taken into police custody. She was charged with violating Iran’s hijab law requiring covered hair and loose robes for women. ProtestsThe two months that have passed since, the country was destabilized by a group of people who are pushing for greater freedoms for women.

Iran’s players made a point of not singing the country’s national anthem before the match.

You can see more of the gestures in the crowd. Some people brought the flag from Persia to be viewed. as A symbol of protest. This is how the flag looks Iran’s current flag, with its bands of green, white and red. But today’s flag has an Islamic symbol and phrasing; the Persian flag has a lion and a sun.

One man carried the Persian flag out in the midst of the match. He was then asked to take it down. All those wearing shirts that depict the flag, or any other antisocial symbol, were asked to remove them.Iran Messages could not be sent inside unless they were willing to remove the shirt and turn it inside-out. It was not clear who ordered security to take such measures.

However, it didn’t stop people from singing the lyrics to the Persian national song.

Some others were stuck outside the stadium, with tickets that mysteriously vanished from their phones hours before the match. Many found that the tickets they were looking for had not been scanned by the workers outside security checkpoints.

Lines backed up. Frustration grew. Volunteers were powerless. Extra security was ordered. Fans were directed to a trailer nearby. “Ticket Resolution Point,” Although there were few solutions, the crowd soon became anxious and heaving.

Security officials eventually directed some people inside the stadium’s fenced ring and plazas. They were closer to their goal but could not access the stadium portals without a scan of their ticket. They were directed to further information. “ticket resolution” Trailers have a growing fan base as kickoff neared.

FIFA admitted the problem, but didn’t explain why. “FIFA is working on solving the issue,” A statement was read.

Calvin Stermer, a Californian who was temporarily stranded, had six tickets to the match. They were connected to his Hayya Card, an online visa issued by Qatar to foreign visitors to the World Cup. He went to transfer the items to his friends to show them on their personal devices on Monday. as They were then instructed to leave.

Stermer was trying to see two games on Monday — England-Iran The afternoon will be spent in United States-Wales, while the evening will be spent in the United States.

“I have paper tickets for U.S.A., so I’m happy about that,” Stermer agreed.

Security officials ran frantically to let people in at kickoff. They asked for email confirmations for tickets but did not direct them through scanners. They still reported a 45,344 attendance.

Everything felt quite normal at that point. England Fans cheered, the winner was in, and the World Cup began in earnest with four matches per day over the next 11 days.

If only those fans who thought they might miss Monday’s first match entirely could have quenched their stress with a beer. This is the World Cup’s other story.