By Victor Kanayo
A fan identified as Ivana Knollhas sensationally been dubbed the 2022 World Cup sexiest fan amidst hash Qatari stand on dress code for women.
According to the Mirror, fans were caught taking photos of the World Cup’s ‘sexiest fan’ in order to report her to the country’s authorities.
Qatar has harsh modesty laws, particularly for women, as their criminal system follows strict Islamic rules.
That did not stop a group of what appeared to be Qatari men taking photos of Knoll as she walked past them during Croatia’s clash with Morocco.
The model has been labelled as the tournament’s ‘sexiest fan’ having also been crowned as Miss Croatia.
Knoll was wearing a red and white bikini top with tight red leggings, turning the heads of the group of Qataris watching the Group F clash from the stands.
The Qataris could be seen smiling as they took photos of Knoll from behind, with the model reposting the picture of them doing so on Instagram. Her caption poked fun at them by saying: “Thank you for your support”.
Knoll’s clothes likely would have fallen foul of Qatar’s laws on modesty had she not been attending the World Cup. According to the regulations, violations of clothing rules can be punished with prison sentences and very heavy fines.
The model’s post went viral, with many calling out the apparent hypocrisy of the Qatari men. The post also drew the attention of Mohammed Hassan Al-Jefairi, a prominent Qatari entrepreneur, who claimed the men were taking the photos in order to report Knoll.
He tweeted: “Just for your info they take a photo not because they like her but because they don’t like the way she is mis-dressed on regards to our culture. You can confirm this with any local Qatari. Probably to report it.”
Knoll was born in Germany but moved to Croatia at the age of seven along with her parents.
Her Instagram profile has more than one million followers and she shot to fame when she attended the 2018 World Cup.