FIFA has rejected the Danish World Cup team’s offer to wear pro-human rights shirts during training, the Danish Football Federation (DBU) said Thursday.
The governing body of world football has rejected the Danish request to be allowed to wear jerseys with the message “Human rights for all”, a spokesman for the DBU told AFP.
The DBU disputes that this is a political message, but will respect FIFA’s decision to avoid fines and penalties, they said.
Qatar has been criticized for its human rights record on the treatment of foreign workers in major infrastructure projects for the World Cup and on women’s and LGBTQ rights.
For some time hostile to the organization of the World Cup in Qatar, the Danish federation had wanted to be at the forefront of defending human rights during the tournament, which kicks off on November 20.
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We have sent a request to FIFA, but the answer is no. We’re sorry, but we have to take that into account, “DBU director Jakob Jensen told Danish agency Ritzau.
The federation previously announced that the training shirts would display “critical messages”, with two sponsors – the national lottery Danske Spil and the Arbejdernes Landsbank – agreeing to replace their logos.
“For me, this is a shirt with a very simple message about universal human rights,” added Jensen.
FIFA, which bans all political messages, last week urged teams to “focus on football” and not drag it “into any ideological or political battle”.
The governing body’s decision to reject the Danish human rights message has fallen like a lead ball across the football world, with many angry fans and pundits turning to social media to share their disapproval of the decision. “pathetic”.
On the official jerseys of the Scandinavian country during the competition, his equipment supplier Hummel also obscured his logos in a sign of “protest” against the Qatari authorities.
Homosexuality is illegal in the Gulf state and captains of several major European countries, including England, France and Germany, will wear rainbow-colored bracelets with the message “One Love” in a campaign against discrimination.
Originally published because FIFA bans the Danish World Cup team from training in pro-human rights shirts