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Denmark football team to wear black jersey as ‘protest’ kits for Qatar World Cup

Denmark’s jerseys for Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup (Twitter)

The Denmark men’s football team is set to wear ‘toned down’ jerseys for their 2022 World Cup campaign in Qatar

The third Denmark jersey which is black in color will work as a sign of protest against the human right crisis that ensued during construction work for the global tournament.

The Danish team will be wearing an all-red, all-white, and all-black jersey with almost invisible decals as the team and the kit sponsor Hummel Sport don’t want to be visible in a tournament that has allegedly cost thousands of lives. FIFA rule states that no team is allowed to wear a jersey with political and explicit statements

Hummel releases a black third-choice design which is described as the “color of mourning”

In an Instagram post about the jersey, Hummel said: “With the Danish national team’s new jerseys, we wanted to send a dual message. They are not only inspired by Euro 92, paying tribute to Denmark’s greatest football success, but also a protest against Qatar and its human rights record.”

“That’s why we’ve toned down all the details for Denmark’s new Qatar World Cup jerseys, including our logo and iconic chevrons. We don’t wish to be visible during a tournament that has cost thousands of people their lives.

“We support the Danish national team all the way, but that isn’t the same as supporting Qatar as a host nation. We believe that sport should bring people together. And when it doesn’t, we want to make a statement.”

Qatar WC organizers respond to Denmark football kit, reject Hummel’s claims

“Since winning the right to host the FIFA World Cup, the SC has worked diligently alongside the Qatari government to ensure that the tournament delivers a lasting social legacy,” read a statement.

“For that reason, we dispute Hummel’s claim that this tournament has cost thousands of people their lives. Furthermore, we whole-heartedly reject trivializing our genuine commitment to protecting the health and safety of the 30,000 workers who built FIFA World Cup stadiums and other tournament projects.”
“That same commitment now extends to 150,000 workers across various tournament services and 40,000 workers in the hospitality sector.”
“The onus should always be on countries to do more to protect the rights of peoples all over the world, including in Denmark. The SC’s work is recognized by numerous entities within the international human rights community as a model that has accelerated progress and improved lives.

“Qatar’s reforms are acknowledged by the ILO and ITUC as a benchmark in the region. Like every country, progress on these issues is a journey without a finish line, and Qatar is committed to that journey.

“We urge the DBU to accurately convey the outcome of their extensive communication and work with the SC, and to ensure that this is accurately communicated to their partners at Hummel.” ( Excerpts from Sports Bible )

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