The WORLD CUP’s so-called ‘hottest fan’ has said she won’t stop wearing flesh flashing outfits – and admitted she was ‘super angry’ when she found out about modesty laws in Qatar.
Croatian superfan Ivana Knoll attended the group stage games and caused quite a stir when she stepped out in a striking hooded outfit and checked mini dress.
Pictures show her posing with fans while taking part in bikini modeling jobs – including poses on the curving skyscraper in Lusail.
But football fan Ivana has already been snubbed online by trolls who urged her to better respect Qatar’s cultural code.
And she admitted she was frustrated when she heard about the rules of modesty before she flew to the Middle East for the World Cup.
But Ivana said she was amazed by the response since she landed in Doha – and she’s not afraid of being arrested by the police.
“I’m thinking how my dress or my bikini can hurt someone? Please explain that to me,” she said.
The 26-year-old said the authorities gave her “no problems” in the stadiums.
She regularly shares updates with her 700,000 followers on Instagram and is photographed in swimsuits and bikinis in Qatar.
The British Foreign Office advised visitors to Qatar that women are expected to cover their shoulders and not wear short skirts.
Ivana said: “First I thought that if the World Cup takes place there (Qatar), for sure they will allow us everything to make all fans comfortable without restrictions.
“Then I heard about the rules and I was shocked. The dress code forbids showing shoulders, knees, stomach and all, and I was like, ‘Oh my god, I don’t even have the clothes to cover it all’.
“I was super angry because if I’m not a Muslim and in Europe we respect hijab and niqab, I think they also have to respect our way of life, our religion and finally wearing dresses and bikinis because I’m catholic from Croatia, who is here for the World Cup.
“But when I arrived I was surprised that they didn’t have any trouble getting dressed, they allow you to wear whatever you want – except in government buildings, and in the end that’s fine.”
When asked if she felt like getting arrested for her outfits, Ms Knoll replied, “I’m never afraid of anything like that.”
Ivana, who splits her time between Croatia and the United States, continued: “The reactions are very good.
“Many of the Qataris came to me to photograph me.
“If they hate it and object to it, they wouldn’t do it.
“I think it’s just a different way of life, me and them.”
Ms Knoll said she was used to people asking for photos, noting she got a lot of attention at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and went “viral” online.
When asked about Croatia’s chances at the 2022 tournament, Ms Knoll said: “At least I want what France took from us in Russia – at least that, no less.”
France defeated Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final in Russia.
Luka Modric’s side meet Belgium, who top Group F after a 0-0 draw with Morocco, before beating Canada 4-1 on Thursday.
Glam footie fans have been warned they risk being hit with hefty fines or even jailed for showing their numbers in Qatar.
Although non-Qatar women are not required to wear the abaya – the long black robe – their tops must cover their waist and shoulders, and skirts, dresses and trousers must cover their knees.
Women entering the Arab nation are also forbidden from wearing tight clothing or showing cleavage.
WAGs were advised to wear a scarf around their necks to cover their bust size.
“Visitors (both men and women) are expected to show respect for the local culture by avoiding overly revealing clothing in public,” warned the Qatar Tourism Authority ahead of the World Cup.
“It is generally recommended for both men and women to ensure their shoulders and knees are covered.”
And she wasn’t afraid to criticize the World Cup in Qatar, branding it a “disaster” after her itinerary ended in chaos.
The stunning brunette told her Instagram followers that the winter tournament has “the worst organization in history”.
She complained that some of her friends had still not received their “hayya” cards – the personalized document required of all visitors to the World Cup in Qatar.
The clothing brand owner wowed the world with her performances at the World Cup in both 2014 and 2018.
Meanwhile, The Sun is looking for England’s own Ivana Knoll with our Operation Fit’s Coming Home competition.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6791659/world-cup-2022-hottest-fan-qatar-croatia-bikini/ I’m the “Hottest World Cup Fan” – I got slammed in Qatar for inappropriate outfits but my bikinis don’t hurt anyone