Denmark to wear World Cup jerseys that protest host Qatar




 

GENEVA (AP) - Denmark will wear team jerseys at the World Cup that protest the human rights record of host nation Qatar, with a black option unveiled Wednesday to honor migrant workers who died during construction work for the tournament.

"The color of mourning," kit manufacturer Hummel said in a post on Instagram releasing the black third-choice design.

"While we support the Danish national team all the way, this shouldn't be confused with support for a tournament that has cost thousands of people their lives," the company said.

The designs seem to complete a promise made by the Danish soccer federation last November to wear clothing with "critical messages" at the tournament in Qatar.

Though FIFA's World Cup rules prohibit political statements on team uniform, the three Denmark shirt designs in all-red, all-white and all-black appear to comply with no words or symbols that are an explicit statement. The national team badge, Hummel logo and decorative white chevrons -- a famous feature of the Denmark shirt since the 1980s - are faded into the same single color as the shirt.

"We don't wish to be visible during (the) tournament," Hummel said. "We support the Danish national team all the way, but that isn't the same as supporting Qatar as a host nation."

Denmark, the world's No. 10-ranked team which reached the European Championship semifinals last year, has been one of the 32 World Cup teams most likely to take a strong stance against Qatar.

The Danish federation also joined a European campaign launched last week for captains to wear heart-shaped, multi-colored "One Love" armbands in World Cup games.

The gas-rich emirate has been fiercely criticized in the past decade for its treatment of migrant workers mostly from south Asia needed to build tens of billions of dollars' worth of stadiums, metro lines, roads and hotels.

Danish officials have taken a leading role in a group of European soccer federations visiting Qatar to monitor the progress of promised reforms in labor laws.

Denmark has been drawn in a World Cup group with defending champion France, which typically wears a dark blue shirt, Australia, whose first-choice color is gold, and Tunisia, which wears white.

The FIFA match schedule for the tournament lists Denmark as the home team with first choice of color only for its opening game on Nov. 22 against Tunisia.

___

More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

COMMENTS

More Related News

Cristiano Ronaldo Benched Ahead of World Cup Match vs. Switzerland
Cristiano Ronaldo Benched Ahead of World Cup Match vs. Switzerland

Portugal's manager Fernando Santos has made the decision to sit Cristiano Ronaldo against Switzerland in the 2022 World Cup.

Here
Here's When Penalty Shootouts Were Introduced at FIFA World Cup

A penalty shootout determines who advances in the World Cup if knockout matches end level after regulation and extra time. Heres a look at when FIFA introduced shootouts and how many there have been since.

Morocco Advances to World Cup Quarterfinals by Beating Spain on Penalty Kicks
Morocco Advances to World Cup Quarterfinals by Beating Spain on Penalty Kicks

Morocco has reached the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time after edging Spain in a penalty shootout on Tuesday.

New World TV: Africa
New World TV: Africa's 2022 World Cup broadcaster hit by cyber-attacks
  • World
  • 2022-12-05 14:57:22Z

The Togolese company that holds sub-Saharan Africa's World Cup TV rights has suffered a series of cyber-attacks since the tournament launched.

World Cup Interest Is so High in Japan That a Top Streaming Site Can
World Cup Interest Is so High in Japan That a Top Streaming Site Can't Cope

(Bloomberg) -- CyberAgent Inc.'s Abema TV may have to restrict access to Japan's World Cup game at midnight Monday local time, as runaway demand is pushing...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Latin America