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FIFA rejects Denmark’s request to wear shirts with human rights message

Nov 10 (Reuters) – The Danish Football Association (DBU) said on Thursday FIFA had rejected Denmark’s request to train at the World Cup in shirts bearing the words “human rights for all”. “.

The DBU said in 2021 that their two training kit sponsors would make way for messages critical of Qatar while minimizing the number of trips to the country to avoid commercial activities promoting the hosts’ events. World Cup.

Qatar has come under intense pressure over its treatment of foreign workers and restrictive social laws, leading many participating teams to raise concerns. The country has denied allegations that the workers were exploited.

“Today we received a message from FIFA stating that the training shirts our players were to train in, which would have ‘Human Rights for All’ written on the stomach (of the shirt), have rejected for technical reasons, which is regrettable,” DBU chief executive Jakob Jensen told the Ritzau news agency.

FIFA declined to comment. Its rules state that all team gear must not feature any political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images.

“We believe the message ‘human rights for all’ is universal and not a political call, but something everyone can support,” Jensen said.

FIFA wrote to World Cup teams this month urging them to focus on football in Qatar and not let the sport be drawn into ideological or political issues.

Kit maker Hummel said in September it had toned down details on Denmark’s World Cup shirts and released a black kit to protest Qatar’s human rights record ahead of the tournament. Read more

Denmark will play their first World Cup game against Tunisia in Group D on November 22.

Reporting by Tommy Lund in Gdansk, editing by Ed Osmond

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