Denmark turned the latest European soccer team to use World Cup qualifying video games to direct attention to staff’ rights in Qatar, which hosts the 2022 match.
Denmark gamers wore pink T-shirts with the slogan “Football supports change” for the team picture earlier than kickoff towards Moldova. The Danes gained 8-0 to prolong a powerful begin in Group F.
The Danish soccer federation mentioned the shirts shall be signed and auctioned to increase cash for tasks with Amnesty International that assist migrant staff in Qatar.
Denmark follows the Netherlands team on Saturday which wore T-shirts with the identical slogan.
Norway and Germany gamers beforehand additionally wore T-shirts pre-game to draw attention to human rights points in Qatar. The Norwegian nationwide team made a degree about rights once more forward of its sport towards Turkey on Saturday.
Germany’s gamers made a extra delicate gesture within the team picture Sunday in Romania. They wore shirts reversed with every title and quantity dealing with the entrance in a photograph revealed on official social media accounts with the message
“We are for 30” and the hashtag “HUMANRIGHTS.”
Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer confirmed to German broadcaster RTL it was reference to the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
“We are all in favor of fair play, both on the field and off the field too, and we stand for these 30 articles,” Neuer mentioned.
Since successful the World Cup internet hosting vote in 2010, Qatar has confronted scrutiny for dwelling and dealing situations of migrant staff serving to to construct stadiums, transport and different building tasks forward of the match. It begins in November subsequent yr.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino defended Qatar this month saying that changing into the World Cup host had accelerated social progress within the emirate.
Though FIFA’s disciplinary code states gamers and federations can face disciplinary motion in instances of “using a sports event for demonstrations of a non-sporting nature,” it mentioned after the primary Norway protest that no investigation could be opened. (
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