Croatian World Cup beauty queen stopped by ‘rude’ stadium security at quarter-final clash with Brazil after they asked fans NOT to take photos with her, in a latex outfit at odds with Qatar’s usual modesty rules
Croatian Instagram model Ivana Knoll has revealed stadium security in Qatar prevented her from taking photos with fans ahead of her country’s World Cup quarter-final against Brazil.
Knoll, who was previously crowned Miss Croatia, has been attracting plenty of attention in the Middle East after jetting over for the major tournament.
During Croatia’s opening fixture, a group of grinning Qatari fans could be seen taking pictures of the 30-year-old as she walked down stairs in a red and white bikini top and tight red leggings.
Croatian Instagram model Ivana Knoll has revealed stadium security in Qatar prevented her from taking photos with fans ahead of her country’s World Cup quarter-final against Brazil
Yet Mohammed Hassan Al-Jefairi, a prominent Qatari entrepreneur, later claimed the men were only snapping away because they disapproved of her outfit.
Knoll is in attendance for Croatia’s pivotal showdown with Brazil in Al Rayyan on Friday, where the two countries are battling it out for a potential semi-final clash against Holland or Argentina.
However, before kick-off at the Education City Stadium the scantily-dressed model was asked by security guards not to take any photos of herself or with fans.
She told Bild: ‘They don’t allow the fans to take photos with me or pose for photos down here on the railing. I then asked them why they were so rude.’
Knoll, who has 1.8 million Instagram followers, has been attracting plenty of attention in Qatar
But security asked her not to take any photos at the Education City Stadium on Friday
Knoll has amassed 1.8 million followers on Instagram over the past fortnight after catching the eyes of fans across the world during the World Cup.
Her racy outfits are somewhat at odds with Qatar’s usual modesty laws, which urges women to cover their shoulders and avoid wearing short skirts.
The social-media star has not exactly complied with those instructions, though up until being stopped by security on Friday she had been enjoying herself in the country.
‘It’s really great. No one has ever told me to cover up,’ Knoll said this week.
‘Everyone wants photos with me, even the locals. Only on Twitter was there a negative reaction from a Qatari. But he probably just wanted attention.’
Qatari fans were previously seen taking photos of Knoll ahead of Croatia’s opening fixture