Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Denmark to wear ‘important message’ clothes in Qatar

Copenhagen, Denmark (AP) – Denmark’s national football team will wear a “human rights message” on its training clothing at next year’s World Cup in Qatar.

Denmark made it to the tournament last month. In the wake of qualification, the Danish Football Federation said on Wednesday it had launched a series of “significant initiatives”.

Qatar has faced criticism amid reports of discriminatory laws and conditions for migrant workers preparing the country for the tournament.

The Danish football federation, known as the DBU, said the two sponsors for training organizations would avoid exposure to clothing and instead carry “important messages and markings”.

The federation said it would also reduce the number of visits to Qatar for staff and partners, so “participation in the World Cup final is primarily about sporting participation and not the promotion of World Cup organizers’ events.”

“The DBU has long been strongly critical of the World Cup in Qatar, but now we are intensifying our efforts and critical dialogue so that we can take advantage of the fact that we can work to bring more change in the country. Deserved of it,” said Danish Soccer Federation Managing Director Jakob Jensen.

The federation said it would “conduct constant diligence” on its choice of hotels and other services in Qatar to see that labor rights are respected. It also said that it would consider the possibility of new initiatives to improve the situation in Qatar.

In 2010, Qatar won the right to host the World Cup in a controversial FIFA vote that led to a corruption investigation throughout the bidding process. Evidence was not found by FIFA to deny Qatar the hosting rights.

The natural gas-rich emirate has spent billions of dollars to cope with the event by building hotels, a new transportation system and grand stadiums.

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