SLIDESHOW: Northern Ireland draw with Qatar

Opposition to Sepp Blatter’s FIFA presidency and the 2022 World Cup reared its head in the unlikely venue of Gresty Road as Northern Ireland fans used their side’s friendly with Qatar to make a stand.

The scene in Crewe might have lacked the drama of dawn raids in Zurich but the Green and White Army’s repeated chants against Blatter and the Gulf state’s status as tournament hosts suggested the football family has not yet moved on from the controversy.

.''Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas(left) is congratulated by team mate Oliver Norwood

.''Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas(left) is congratulated by team mate Oliver Norwood

The game itself was little to excite emotion, a low-key 1-1 draw featuring a maiden international goal for Stuart Dallas and a fine equaliser from Qatari substitute Karim Boudiaf.