Rumours of jail time for wearing Barca jerseys squashed

Sources say the false rumours spread after the UAE said it would not tolerate sympathetic posts towards Qatar

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A Qatar Airways advertising billboard with pictures of Barcelona’s players is pictured at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on June 6, 2017 after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Egypt and the Maldives today broke off diplomatic and trade relations with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Bahrain and Yemen have suspended all diplomatic ties to gas-rich Qatar, halting flights to and from the country and ordering Qatari citizens to leave within 14 days. / AFP / LLUIS GENE

Dubai: Sources in the UAE have dismissed as ‘ludicrous’, reports that Emirati fans could face jail time and large fines for wearing Barca jerseys.

In 2011, Barcelona FC signed a historic deal with Qatar Sports Investment to put a sponsor’s logo on their shirts for the first time in 111 years.

The false rumours were spread following a decision by UAE authorities last to impose fines and jail terms on people posting sympathy for Qata on social media.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain have blacklisted 59 individuals and 12 entities which they claim link the nation of Qatar with terrorist groups.