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Denmark announce plans to highlight human rights issues at Qatar 2022 World Cup

DBU says it will not take part in commercial activities and will instead work with Amnesty International.

18 November 2021 Rory Jones

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  • Denmark sponsors to display human rights messages on team’s training kits
  • Further protest measures could be announced ahead of the tournament

The Danish Football Association (DBU) has announced that it will be using the national team’s platform at the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar to highlight human rights issues in the country.

With Denmark having secured qualification, the DBU has revealed that the team will not participate in commercial activities arranged by the event organisers, with the team and governing body’s partners making minimal trips to Qatar.

Denmark’s sponsors Danske Spil and Arbejdernes will also display messages of support for human rights on the team’s training apparel during the tournament, which is set to kick off in November next year.

The DBU says that the national team will only be involved with sporting events or in initiatives where they can help improve conditions for migrant workers.

The governing body has also been in contact with supporters groups, as well as non-governmental organisations, about the presence of Danish fans in Qatar. The DBU says that it will also continue to hold talks with Fifa, soccer’s global governing body, and the Qatari organising committee to discuss its concerns.

As part of the initiative the DBU has said it will work closely with human rights group Amnesty International, and could expand its protest activities before next year’s tournament.

“DBU has long been highly critical of the World Cup in Qatar, but now we are stepping up our efforts and critical dialogue further, so we take advantage of the fact that we are qualified to work for more changes in the country,” said Jakob Jensen, chief executive of the DBU.

“Furthermore, we have long drawn attention to the challenges facing Fifa and Qatar, and we will continue to do so.”

He added: “It is a very strong signal when our partners also engage in the fight for better relations in Qatar. The partners support Danish football, the men’s national team and the sporting participation in the European and World Cup – not the individual hosting.”

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