Argentina World Cup fans donned hot pants and bared their midriffs while watching their nation’s 2-1 defeat by Saudi Arabia – in contrast to the winners’ supporters in traditional garb
- Fans of Argentina were photographed whipping off shirts and rolling up tops
- Visits to Qatar were urged to dress modestly and to cover shoulders and knees
- Others, including fans of Saudi Arabia, appeared to adopt a more traditional look
- Saudi Arabia beat a much-fancied Argentina side at the World Cup on Tuesday
- Shock defeat saw Saudi Arabia win the match 2-1 against the Argentinian team
Argentinian fans rolled up their football shirts and donned denim hot pants as they watched their team be defeated in their first World Cup match against Saudi Arabia today.
Argentina had come into the tournament among the favourites to claim the prestigious prize, after Messi claimed his first piece of international silverware last year with victory over Brazil in the Copa America final.
Fans were quick to get into the spirit of the event today, with many rolling up their football shirts and donning hot pants they entered the Lusail Stadium for the match.
It was a far cry from the look donned by some of the Saudi Arabia fans, many of whom adopted full-length garments and face coverings as they arrived to watch the game.
Visitors to Qatar have been urged to dress modestly, with the country’s tourism website saying men and women should ‘show respect for local culture by avoiding excessively revealing clothing in public.’
Argentinian fans appeared to take a relaxed view of strict dress codes in Qatar by rolling up their tops and ripping off their shirts as their team took on Saudi Arabia in the World Cup
A number of female fans rolled up their tops to expose their stomachs as they took in the pre-match atmosphere in Qatar
Visitors are being asked to cover their shoulders and knees, with those found wearing shorts or sleeveless tops potentially being turned away from government buildings, markets and major shopping complexes.
When in public, Qatari women are expected to wear the abaya, which is a long dark robe that covers the entire body.
This is not expected of foreign visitors, who also do not need to cover their hair.
However they are expected and encouraged to cover their shoulders and wear skirts or dresses that fall below the knee.
Meanwhile others donned denim hot pants, while male fans whipped off their shirts at the event
In hotels and tourist resorts, it is a different tale, where bikinis are commonly worn around the pool.
Despite the code, it appears a number of fans have instead opted for a more casual approach to dressing for the contest.
A number of male football-lovers from Argentina were seen having whipped off their shirts, and instead stood topless in the stadium to watch the match.
Meanwhile a number of female fans appeared to disregard the code when they entered the stadium.
The look was in sharp contrast to the outfits worn by the fans of Saudi Arabia, some of whom donned headscarves and face coverings
Some were snapped with their tops rolled up and tucked, in order to make a crop top, while others were photographed exposing their shoulders having rolled up their sleeves.
Earlier this week, Virgin Atlantic staff flying the England team to Qatar were told not to wear gender-neutral uniforms but instead dress in more traditional cabin crew outfits.
It comes after the partners of England’s World Cup squad were told to dress modestly when out and about in Qatar.
At least three WAGs turned to personal stylists to ensure they don’t cause offence in the strict Islamic nation, with low-cut tops and short skirts strictly banned.
Despite visitors being asked to cover their shoulders and ‘dress modestly’, a number of Argentinian fans appeared to disregard the advice
Others rolled up their tops and tucked them into their bras to expose their midriff while cheering on the team
Some female fans opted to wear form-fitting vest tops which were emblazoned with their team’s colours
Instead, the wives and girlfriends will enjoy evenings out in linen trouser suits and long dresses, with their arms covered to show respect to local tradition.
Personal stylist Connie Jones, 31, from Manchester, helped three WAGs design their wardrobes for the tournament – not only for matches, but for evening get togethers and restaurant visits.
Luke Shaw’s partner Anouska Santos, John Stones’s partner Liv Naylor and Marcus Rashford’s fiancée Lucia Loi all sought help ahead of arriving for England’s first World Cup match against Iran on Monday, MailOnline has been told.
All three will bring suitcases of designer clothing, make-up and jewellery curated by Ms Jones, who runs the Connie Personal Shopping Company from her studio in Manchester.
And it wasn’t just women! A number of male fans whipped off their shirts and opted to go topless at the event
Meanwhile other enthusiastic football supporters watched the match topless from inside the stadium
Low-cut tops, skimpy tight shorts and revealing skirts have been vetoed.
However, wearing England shirts with the names of their partners – a custom at World Cup matches – has been OKed by those in Qatar.
The WAGs have been told they should consider a scarf – with Gucci and Hermes favoured – to wear around their necks so as to not reveal their figures.
A source told MailOnline: ‘A lot of planning has gone in preparation for the women.
‘Connie leaves nothing to chance and has examined their itinerary and desired outfits which will fit into situations such as visit to restaurants or even when they are in the gym.
‘She is highly trusted and thought of by the women and has contacts to source the latest fashions and clothing so that the women look the best.
‘This World Cup is very different from the last one in Russia four years ago we are the players wives and girlfriends could show off their bodies and figures in items such as denim shorts and skimpy tops.
‘The women know that they are going to be photographed wherever they go and they understand that it helps them on their social media profiles so they have to look the best.
It was a far cry from the outfits worn by fans of the Saudi Arabian team, many of whom appeared to oblige by guidelines set by Qatar tourist board
One woman opted to wear a headscarf and a full length black garment as she arrived at the stadium today
Others opted to wear face coverings (left) and head scarves as they attended the event (right) today
‘The last thing they want is to offend anybody in Qatar. They have a lot of self-respect and want to show the same respect to the people there but at the same time enjoy themselves.
‘What we are going to see at this World Cup is a new style of WAG. They are going to look amazing everywhere they go.’
Connie has more than 50,000 followers on Instagram and they include Jordan Pickford’s wife Megan, Jack Grealish’s girlfriend Sasha Attwood, Kieran Trippier’s wife Charlotte, Kalvin Phillips’ girlfriend Ashleigh Behan and Declan Rice’’ partner Lauren Fryer.
The women are staying in the floating hotel, the brand-new £1billion liner MSC World Europa. MailOnline understands each cabin will cost up to £40,000 for the duration.
Argentina looked on course for a routine win when Lionel Messi converted an early penalty, and the South American side then had three goals disallowed for offside before the interval.
However, Saudi Arabia came out a different side after the break and scored twice in five minutes through Saleh Alshehri and Salem Aldawsari.
Argentina are now on a collision course to face FRANCE in World Cup’s last-16 after their shock defeat by Saudi Arabia – and it was Kylian Mbappe and Co who knocked them out at the same stage in Russia four years ago!
Argentina are on a collision course to face reigning world champions France in the last-16 of the World Cup.
The huge upset leaves Argentina needing victories against Mexico and Poland if they are to have the best chance of qualifying for the knockouts.
Argentina are on course to face France in the World Cup last-16 after defeat by Saudi Arabia
It would mean a rematch of their 2018 World Cup meeting at the same stage, which saw Kylian Mbappe (pictured) score twice in a thrilling 4-3 win – dumping the Argentines out in Russia
Finishing as Group C’s runners-up would likely see them face Kylian Mbappe and Co in the next round, should Didier Deschamps’ men win their own group.
Should the two tournament favourites meet in the last-16, it would see them lock horns in a repeat of their clash at the same stage from the 2018 World Cup in Russia, which saw Mbappe net twice in a thrilling 4-3 win for Les Bleus on their way to winning their second world title.
It’s a disastrous start for Argentina to the Qatar World Cup following their defeat at the Lusail Stadium in Doha.
It saw Saudi Arabia produce one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history with goals by Saleh Al-Shehri and Salem Al-Dawsari stunning the favourites in emphatic fashion.
The 51st-ranked Saudis were trailing to Lionel Messi’s 10th-minute penalty, but Al-Shehri squeezed in an angled shot in the 48th minute after punishing poor Argentine defending.
Lionel Messi cuts a dejected figure after Saudi Arabia come from behind to beat his side 2-1
Saudi Arabia’s fans were then sent into delirium five minutes later as Al-Dawsari curled a stunning shot into the top corner from the edge of the area.
Argentina were on course to match Italy’s record 37-match unbeaten run after the mercurial Messi opened his fifth and final World Cup by stroking home a 10th-minute penalty.
But for three goals being chalked off for offside, one for Messi and two for Lauturo Martinez, Argentina would have been home and dry before half-time but the game was turned on its head after the break in extraordinary fashion.