Fifa rejects ‘Human rights for all’ message on Denmark training kits

The Danish Football Federation (DBU) said on Thursday that Fifa had rejected Denmark’s request to train at the world cup in shirts with the words “human rights for all” on them.

The DBU said in 2021 that their two training kit sponsors would leave room for messages critical of Qatar while minimizing the number of trips to the country to avoid commercial activities promoting Qatar. world Cup host events.

Qatar is under intense pressure over its treatment of foreign workers and restrictive social laws, leading many participating teams to voice their concerns. The country has denied allegations that the workers were exploited.

“Today we received a message from Fifa than the training shirts our players had to train in, which would say ‘human rights for all’ on the stomach [of the shirt]were rejected for technical reasons, which is regrettable,” Jakob Jensen, managing director of DBU, told the Ritzau news agency.

Fifa declined to comment. Its rules state that all team gear must not feature any political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images. “We believe the ‘human rights for all’ message is universal and not a political call, but something everyone can support,” Jensen said. Fifa wrote to World Cup teams this month urging them to focus on football in Qatar and not let the sport be drawn into ideological or political issues.

Hummel, the kit manufacturer, said in September he had toned down the details on Denmark’s World Cup shirts and released a black kit to protest Qatar’s human rights record ahead of the tournament. Denmark will play their first World Cup game against Tunisia in Group D on November 22.

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