Ex-Miss Croatia risks arrest in Qatar after wearing swimsuit in public
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A former Miss Croatia has faced a backlash over her fashion choices at the 2022 World Cup.
Ivana Knoll shot to fame after being spotted in the crowds at previous World Cups and is back once again to support her beloved Croatia, but her outfit choices have attracted some ire.
The model has posted a series of pictures of herself in Qatar decked out in fashion inspired by the iconic red and white checks of her native Croatia.
Yesterday (24 November) she posted a video of herself walking by the waterside in a swimsuit bearing the same pattern.
However, the revealing nature of this outfit clashed with Qatar's guidelines on clothing and some people weren't happy at all.
Qatar's tourism board has told fans journeying to the country for the World Cup to show 'respect for local culture by avoiding excessively revealing clothing in public', while people should 'ensure their shoulders and knees are covered'.
The swimsuit does none of that, and some people have made their feelings known, calling for her to 'respect other's culture' and saying 'shame on you'.
Others warned her she 'must respect our customs, traditions and religion' and told her to 'respect the rules.
Knoll has vocally criticised the 2022 World Cup, slamming the competition as having 'the worst organisation in history' on Instagram.
She complained that some of her friends hadn't received their Hayya cards, which anyone wanting to get into a World Cup stadium is supposed to have.
Plenty of fans almost didn't get let into World Cup games they'd paid to attend after the ticketing system failed, and eventually organisers just let everyone in.
Some fans said their 'tickets disappeared completely', while others reckoned the organisers should have stuck to paper tickets which don't get lost when the app fails.
Meanwhile, Qatar has offered some fans refunds on their accommodation thanks to the shoddy condition of some of the hastily constructed fan villages some supporters had booked.
Some fans were left sleeping rough in the fan village as they were left waiting several hours to be allowed into the cabins they'd booked.
Qatar's Supreme Committee blamed 'owner and operator negligence' for those problems.
LADbible has contacted Ivana Knoll for comment.