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Denmark to wear clothes with critical messages at Qatar soccer World Cup

Denmarks national soccer team will wear human rights messages on their training clothes at next years World Cup in Qatar.

Host country has faced criticism amid reports of conditions for migrant workers

Posted: Nov 17, 2021 10:55 AM ET Last Updated: November 17

The Danish mens soccer team, seen above celebrating after a World Cup qualifying away win against Moldova in October, earned a spot in the tournament last month.(Bodgan Tudor/AFP)

Denmarks national soccer team will wear human rights messages on their training clothes at next years World Cup in Qatar.

Denmark earned a spot in the tournament last month. In the wake of qualification, the Danish soccer federation said Wednesday it has launched a series of critical initiatives.

Qatar has faced criticism amid reports of discriminatory laws and conditions for the migrant workers preparing the country for the tournament.

The Danish soccer federation, known as DBU, said the two sponsors for the training outfits would refrain from exposure on the clothes and would instead carry critical messages and markings.

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The federation added it would also minimize the number of trips to Qatar for staff and partners so participation in the World Cup finals is primarily about sporting participation and not promoting the World Cup organizers events.

DBU has long been strongly critical of the World Cup in Qatar, but now we are intensifying our efforts and critical dialogue further, so that we take advantage of the fact that we are qualified to work for more change in the country, Danish soccer federation managing director Jacob Jensen said.

The federation added that it will continuously conduct due diligence on its choice of hotel and other services in Qatar to see that labour rights are respected. It also said it would consider the possibility of new initiatives to improve conditions in Qatar.

In 2010, Qatar won the right to host the World Cup in a contentious FIFA vote that sparked corruption investigations into the entire bidding process. Evidence was not found by FIFA to warrant stripping Qatar of the hosting rights.

The natural gas-rich emirate has spent tens of billions of dollars to build hotels, a new transport system and lavish stadiums to cope with staging the event.

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