Denmark will wear the team jersey at the World Cup that contradicts host nation Qatar’s human rights record, unveiling a black option to honor migrant workers killed during the tournament’s construction work.
“The color of mourning,” said kit maker Hammel in a post on Instagram while releasing the black third-choice design.
“While we support the Danish national team in every way possible, this should not be confused with supporting a tournament that has cost thousands of lives,” the company said.
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The designs appear to fulfill a promise made by the Danish Football Federation last November to wear clothes with “important messages” at the tournament in Qatar.
Although FIFA’s World Cup rules prohibit political statements on team uniforms, Denmark’s three shirt designs in all-red, all-white and all-black do not follow words or symbols that are an explicit statement. The national team badge, Hammel logo and embellished white chevron – a well-known feature of Danish shirts from the 1980s – fade into the same single color as the shirt.
“We don’t want to show up during the tournament,” Hummel said. “We support the Danish national team in every way possible, but this is not the same as supporting Qatar as a host nation.”
The gas-rich emirate has come under severe criticism over the past decade for its treatment of migrant workers from South Asia, who need to build stadiums, metro lines, roads and hotels worth tens of billions of dollars.
It is difficult to verify the exact number of workers’ deaths and injuries, with limited figures released by Qatari authorities and investigations not being conducted regularly.
Organizers of the World Cup in Qatar disputed Hammel’s claim that construction work killed thousands during the preparation for the November 20-December 18 tournament.
In addition, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy said in a statement, “In addition, we wholeheartedly despise our genuine commitment to protecting the health and safety of the 30,000 workers who build the FIFA World Cup stadium and other tournament projects.” reject.”
“The work of the SC has been recognized by many institutions within the international human rights community as a model that has accelerated progress and improved lives,” organizers said, citing the UN’s International Labor Organization.
Denmark, world number 10 who reached the semi-finals of the European Championships last year, is one of the 32 World Cup teams most likely to take a tough stand against Qatar.
The Danish federation joined a European campaign launched last week to make captains wear heart-shaped, multi-colored “One Love” armbands at World Cup games.
Danish officials have also taken the lead in a group of European football associations visiting Qatar to monitor the progress of promised reforms in labor laws.
“This dialogue has resulted in a better understanding of the progress, challenges faced, and the legacy we will give beyond 2022,” Qatari organizers said. Supreme Committee) and to ensure that this is correctly communicated to their partners at Hummel.”
Denmark are included in the World Cup grouping with defending champions France, who usually wears a dark blue shirt, Australia, whose first choice color is gold, and Tunisia, who wears white.
The FIFA match schedule for the tournament lists Denmark as the home team, with only the first choice of color for their opening game against Tunisia on 22 November.
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