In a statement posted on its Twitter account, however, the UAE Embassy in the UK said Ahmad “was categorically not arrested for wearing a Qatar football shirt”, but was instead detained and charged with wasting police time and making false statements.
The UAE Embassy in the UK has strongly denied reports that a British citizen was arrested last month for wearing a Qatar football shirt during the Asian Cup tournament.
“The police took him to hospital where a doctor who examined him, concluded that his injuries were inconsistent with his account of events and appeared to be self-inflicted.”
The embassy said Ahmad was charged with wasting police time and making false statements.
“We are advised that he has since admitted those offences and will now be processed through the UAE courts,” the embassy said.