Denmark’s request for its gamers to be permitted to put on pro-human rights coaching shirts on the World Cup in Qatar has been rejected by Fifa.
The Danish soccer federation (DBU) requested if its gamers may put on shirts with the phrases “Human Rights for All”.
World soccer’s governing physique prohibits all political messages and has requested groups to “focus on football” following a controversial build-up.
The DBU disputes that it’s a political message however accepted the choice.
“For me, this is a jersey with a very simple message about universal human rights,” DBU director Jakob Jensen advised Danish company Ritzau.
Qatar has been criticised for its stance on same-sex relationships, human rights file and therapy of migrant employees within the lead as much as the event, which begins on 20 November.
Denmark will put on “toned down” shirts for the World Cup to protest towards hosts Qatar, with equipment supplier Hummel designing a 3rd, all-black equipment, to characterize the “colour of mourning”.
Fifa laws state that any workforce gear, together with clothes, should not present any political, spiritual or private slogans, statements or photos.
Jensen stated: “It is Fifa’s right as organiser of this tournament to say that we can’t do it. Fifa of course does this to prevent all sorts of weird stuff. We don’t think it was that strange.”
He added: “We don’t think there’s any politics in it. We think that the human rights are universal, and we stand by this view.
“Fifa had a special evaluation and sadly we needed to take that into consideration.”
Fifa wrote to the 32 World Cup teams urging that football should not be “dragged” into ideological or political “battles”.
That letter has been criticised by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and LGBTQ+ campaigners in England and Wales, while 10 European football associations – including those of England and Wales – said “human rights are common and apply in all places” in response.
England manager Gareth Southgate said on Thursday it is “optimistic” of Fifa to expect nations to concentrate solely on football matters in Qatar.
The Three Lions’ Harry Kane and the captains of nine other European teams will wear ‘One Love’ armbands as a message against discrimination.
Former Fifa president Sepp Blatter has stated it was a “mistake” to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.