Qatar BANS Mexico fans from wearing Lucha Libre masks at the World Cup
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Mexico fans are BANNED from wearing Lucha Libre masks at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The Mexican government confirmed the Qatar 2022 Organising Committee's decision as the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Alfonso Zegbe looked for clarification.
He told ESPN: "The latest update from the Organising Committee is that masks will not be allowed.
"I have to confess that we brought some fighter masks to ask if they could be used and they told us that they did not see him."
Lucha Libre masks are deemed a prohibited item and are not allowed to be worn inside the stadiums at the World Cup.
Zegbe has warned Mexico supporters against taking masks to games.
"Let’s not forget that we are in a complex region, which is [the] Middle East. In its latest update, where it says what can and cannot be done, masks are prohibited," he added.
"If it is at the airport, the alcohol is automatically confiscated, if there is something that exceeds minor administrative sanctions, then you will have the consular protection of the Mexican authorities.
"Let's remember that we have had a Mexican embassy in Qatar since 2014 and that the Mexico Qatar 2022 Center is an extension of our embassy, due to the high number of fans, there will be people in charge of their protection there. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a great experience in this consular assistance, as long as their condition is vulnerable."
Security could confiscate any Lucha Libre masks if fans attempt to sneak them into stadiums.
The masks are listed as a prohibited item alongside other restrictions like alcohol.
The Qatar 2022 Organising Committee claims the banning of Lucha Libre masks is a security reason.
It will come as a blow to Mexico, whose fans are renowned for wearing masks at games and other traditional items.
Mexico open their World Cup campaign against Poland on November 22 before facing Lionel Messi's Argentina and Saudi Arabia.