FIFA has banned Denmark from training with shirts bearing human rights messages at the World Cup in Qatar, the Danish federation announced on Thursday (10), ten days before the start of the competition.
The international federation rejected the Danish request to wear these shirts with the message “Human rights for all”, according to Jakob Hoyer, a spokesman for the Danish confederation.
The Danish Federation, which has long been hostile to the organization of the tournament in Qatar, says it wants to lead the fight for migrant workers and the defense of LGBTQIA+ rights in the emirate.
“We sent a request to FIFA, but the answer is no. We are sorry, but we must take this into account,” DBU director general Jakob Jensen told the Danish news agency Ritzau.
The Federation announced that their training shirts would display “critical messages” and two sponsors (Danske Spil and Arbejdernes Landsbank) agreed to have their logo replaced on them.
FIFA, which bans political messages, last week urged teams to “focus on football” and not engage “in all ideological or political battles”.
The DBU will accept a ban on shirts with critical messages to avoid fines and penalties, he said.
“For me it’s a shirt with a very simple message about universal human rights,” Jensen said.
Questioned by the AFP news agency, FIFA did not immediately respond.