Briton held in UAE in Qatar football shirt row

A Briton has been arrested and detained in the United Arab Emirates after reportedly being assaulted when he wore a Qatar football team shirt to a match.

Ali Issa Ahmad, 26, from Wolverhampton, is said to have been unaware of a law against “showing sympathy” for Qatar – brought in amid a diplomatic dispute.

His friend says he was held after telling police he had been attacked.

The UAE embassy in London said Mr Ahmad has been charged with wasting police time and making false statements.

Responding to earlier media reports, a UAE official said he was “categorically not arrested for wearing a Qatar football shirt”.

The Foreign Office said it is providing assistance to a British man and is in touch with the UAE authorities.