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UAE says British-Sudanese man charged in Qatar jersey claim

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Emirati officials say a British-Sudanese man has been charged with "wasting police time and making false statements" after activists say he was detained for wearing a Qatari soccer jersey during the recent Asian Cup tournament. Activists allege police arrested and beat Ali Essa Ahmed over the jersey. The United Arab Emirates' Embassy in London says Ahmed walked into a Sharjah police station to complain about being harassed and beaten, but a doctor described his injuries as self-inflicted.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Emirati officials say a British-Sudanese man has been charged with "wasting police time and making false statements" after activists say he was detained for wearing a Qatari soccer jersey during the recent Asian Cup tournament.

Activists allege police arrested and beat Ali Essa Ahmed over the jersey.

A statement from the United Arab Emirates' Embassy in London said Ahmed walked into a Sharjah police station to complain about being harassed and beaten, but a doctor described his injuries as self-inflicted.

The British Foreign Office said Wednesday it was "providing assistance to a British man arrested in the UAE" and was in touch with local authorities.

The UAE and three other Arab nations have been boycotting Qatar in a political dispute. The UAE has made showing sympathy to Qatar a crime.

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