Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Denmark unveiled the World Cup jersey that rivals host Qatar. CBC Sports

Denmark will wear the team jersey at the World Cup that contradicts host nation Qatar’s human rights record, a black option unveiled on Wednesday to honor migrant workers killed during construction work for the tournament.

“The color of mourning,” said kit maker Hammel in a post on Instagram while releasing the black third-choice design.

“While we support the Danish national team in every way, this should not be confused with supporting a tournament that has cost thousands of lives,” the company said.

The designs appear to fulfill a promise made by the Danish Football Federation last November to wear clothes with “important messages” at the tournament in Qatar.

Although FIFA’s World Cup rules prohibit political statements on team uniforms, Denmark’s three shirt designs in all-red, all-white and all-black do not follow words or symbols that are an explicit statement. The national team badge, Hammel logo and embellished white chevron – a well-known feature of Danish shirts from the 1980s – fade into the same single color as the shirt.

“We don’t want to be seen during this [the] tournament,” said Hummel. “We support the Danish national team in every way possible, but this is not the same as supporting Qatar as a host nation.”

Denmark, world number 10 who reached the semi-finals of the European Championships last year, has been one of the 32 World Cup teams most likely to take a tough stand against Qatar.

Also part of ‘One Love’ campaign

The Danish federation joined a European campaign launched last week to have captains wear heart-shaped, multi-colored “One Love” armbands at World Cup games.

The gas-rich emirate has come under severe criticism over the past decade for its treatment of migrant workers from South Asia, who need to build stadiums, metro lines, roads and hotels worth tens of billions of dollars.

Danish authorities have taken the lead in a group of European football associations visiting Qatar to monitor the progress of promised reforms in labor laws.

Denmark are included in the World Cup group with defending champions France, who usually wears a dark blue shirt, Australia, whose first choice color is gold, and Tunisia, who wears white.

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

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