Denmark should wear clothes with ‘critical messages’ in Qatar
Copenhagen The Danish national football team will wear “human rights messages” on its training uniforms at the World Cup in Qatar next year.
Denmark secured a place in the tournament last month. In the wake of the qualifiers, the Danish Football Association announced Wednesday that it had launched a series of “decisive initiatives”.
Qatar has faced criticism amid reports of discriminatory laws and conditions for migrant workers preparing for the tournament.
The Danish Football Association, known as the DBU, said the two training apparel sponsors would refrain from appearing on the garments and would instead carry “critical messages and tags”.
The federation added that it will also reduce the number of trips to Qatar for employees and partners, so “participation in the World Cup finals is mainly about sports participation and not promoting the events of the World Cup organizers.”
“DBU has always been highly critical of the World Cup in Qatar, but now we are stepping up our efforts and critical dialogue even more, so that we can benefit from the fact that we are qualified to work for more change in the country,” Danish Football Association managing director Jakob Jensen said.
The union added that it would “continue to exercise due diligence” over its selection of hotels and other services in Qatar to ensure that workers’ rights are respected. She also said that she would consider the possibility of taking new initiatives to improve conditions in Qatar.
In 2010, Qatar won the right to host the World Cup in a controversial vote by FIFA that led to corruption investigations into the entire bidding process. FIFA found no evidence to justify stripping Qatar of its hosting rights.
The natural gas-rich emirate has spent tens of billions of dollars building hotels, a new transport system and lavish stadiums to handle the event.
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