During the tense interaction, Tantholdt — who displayed his media credentials — accused the men of threatening to break his camera … saying, “You invited the whole world to come here, why can’t we film? It’s a public place.”
“You can break the camera, you want to break it? You are threatening us by smashing the camera?”
The clip quickly went viral on social media … leading the event’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy to release a statement on the matter — saying the Danish outlet was “mistakenly interrupted.”
“Upon inspection of the crew’s valid tournament accreditation and filming permit, an apology was made to the broadcaster by on-site security before the crew resumed their activity,” the committee said.
The organizers also say they discussed the matter with Tantholdt … adding they “issued an advisory to all entities to respect the filming permits in place for the tournament.”
The decision to host the massive sporting event has been met with harsh criticism … including allegations of strict rules for media coverage in Qatar.
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Folks have also been critical of Qatar’s handling of human rights leading up to the World Cup … with reports of several worker fatalities in preparation for the event.
On top of that, many take issue with the emirate’s views on the LGBTQ+ community … as well as strict limitations on sexual interactions and alcohol consumption and lackluster living conditions for fans.
Despite all the issues off the pitch, the games will officially kick off on Sunday, Nov. 20.