One time football ace Dwight Yorke was stopped from boarding a US bound flight in Qatar because he had a visa entry stamp from Iran in his passport. The former Manchester United star got caught up in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s ban on nationals from certain Middle Eastern countries being allowed into the US.
Yorke told reporters he was at Doha Airport and heading for his flight to Miami when he was stopped by a pair of security officials. He said they told him his passport had been red-flagged as it had an entry stamp for Iran in it and he would therefore not be allowed to enter the US.
The striker said he tried explaining that he was only changing flights in Miami before flying onwards to Trinidad and Tobago. He continued by saying the officers told him once the flight landed in Miami he would just be sent back to Qatar. He carried on with the comment that he was stunned and felt like a convicted felon as he had previously been to the US on countless occasions.
The offending stamp for Yorke’s Iranian entry dates from 2015 and when he played a footballing legends match to inaugurate a new sports stadium in the country. As he noted himself, he didn’t even spend the night in Iran after the game.
US president Donald Trump signed off on an executive order late last month which prohibited people holding passports issued in Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the US. The ban has since been rescinded, but US immigration is still operating tighter entry controls.