The Danish Football Union (DBU) has announced that the national team will wear “toned down” shirts for the World Cup to protest against host Qatar’s human rights record and its treatment of migrant workers.
The DBU said the decision was made in consultation with players and was taken “considering the serious allegations of human rights violations in Qatar in connection with the country’s preparations to host the World Cup”.
Qatar has been accused of widespread abuse of migrant workers, who make up the vast majority of the country’s population. Reports have detailed forced labour, non-payment of wages, and squalid living conditions.
The DBU said it had been in “close dialogue” with Fifa, football’s world governing body, about its concerns. But it added that Fifa had “not been willing to listen to the DBU’s critique or enter a serious dialogue” about the issue.
The Danish team’s shirts will bear the slogan “Human rights on and off the pitch” in English and Arabic.
“With this initiative, we want to draw attention to the problematic conditions that migrant workers are facing in Qatar,” DBU president Jesper Moller said.
“We hope that this can contribute to putting pressure on Qatar and Fifa so that something happens.”
Moller said the DBU had also considered boycotting the World Cup, but had decided against it as it would “punish” the Danish players.
The move by the Danish team is the latest in a series of protests against Qatar’s World Cup. Amnesty International has urged fans to boycott the tournament, while activists have flown balloons carrying messages critical of Qatar’s rights record into stadiums.
Qatar has denied the allegations of abuse and says it is committed to protecting the rights of all workers. It has also defended its hosting of the World Cup, saying the tournament will bring benefits to the country and its people.
I think the Danish team’s decision to wear “toned down” shirts for the World Cup is a great way to protest against Qatar’s human rights record and its treatment of migrant workers. I hope that this will help put pressure on Qatar and Fifa to make some changes.
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