World Cup 2022: FIFA bans Denmark from wearing training shirts bearing human rights slogans at the World Cup in QatarThank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
The International Football Association “FIFA” rejected Denmark’s request to allow its players participating in the World Cup in Qatar to wear training shirts bearing human rights slogans.
The Danish Football Association had submitted a request to allow players to wear training shirts bearing the words “Human Rights for All”.
FIFA bans all kinds of political messages and has told teams to “focus on football” at the upcoming World Cup.
The Danish Football Association objected to describing the shirts as carrying a “political message”, but agreed with FIFA’s decision.
“For me, they are T-shirts with a very simple message about universal human rights,” Danish Football Association director Jakob Jensen told local news agency Ritzau.
Qatar has been criticized for its stance on homosexuality, its record on human rights and the treatment of migrant workers, days before the start of the World Cup on November 20.
Denmark’s shirts were designed to express protest, as the sportswear company Hummel, which supplies the Danish national team, designed an all-black shirt representing the “colour of mourning”.
The rules state that any team’s equipment and clothing shall be free of personal, religious or political emblems, data and images.
“It’s the right of FIFA, as the organizer of this tournament, to tell us we can’t do that. Of course FIFA does it to avoid all kinds of weird things. We don’t think it was that weird,” said the director of the Danish Football Association.
“We don’t see it as having any political issues,” Jensen added. “We believe human rights are universal, and we support that view.”
“FIFA had a different assessment and unfortunately we had to take that into account,” he said.
FIFA sent a message to the 32 teams participating in the World Cup, urging them not to “drag” football into political or ideological “battles”.
This letter has been criticized by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and LGBT rights advocates in England and Wales. The FIFA Letter. 10 European soccer federations objected to the letter, saying that “human rights are universal and apply everywhere”.
England coach Gareth Southgate said on Thursday that he was “optimistic” on the part of FIFA, to expect that the teams would focus only on matters related to football in Qatar.
The captains of 10 European teams will wear badges reading “One Love” as a message against discrimination.
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter said awarding Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup was a “mistake”.
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