Qatar points livid response to Denmark’s non-branded ‘protest’ kits for World Cup

Qatar’s World Cup organising committee has issued a livid response to the discharge of Denmark‘s toned-down ‘protest’ kits for the match.

Each the house and away strips have been ‘toned down’ in order that the Danish Soccer Affiliation (DBU) crest is barely seen, as is the Hummel emblem and its iconic white chevrons.

Hummel additionally launched a black third-choice design which is described because the “color of mourning”, to honour migrant employees who died whereas setting up stadiums for the match.

“With the Danish nationwide staff’s new jerseys, we wished to ship a twin message. They aren’t solely impressed by Euro 92, paying tribute to Denmark’s biggest soccer success, but additionally a protest towards Qatar and its human rights document,” learn an announcement on Hummel’s Instagram account.

“That is why we have toned down all the main points for Denmark’s new World Cup jerseys, together with our emblem and iconic chevrons. We do not want to be seen throughout a match that has value hundreds of individuals their lives.

“We assist the Danish nationwide staff all the best way, however that is not the similar as supporting Qatar as a number nation. We consider that sport ought to deliver folks collectively. And when it does not, we need to make an announcement.”

In November, the DBU promised its staff would put on clothes with “important messages” on the World Cup in Qatar, regardless of FIFA’s strict guidelines prohibiting any type of political assertion on staff kits.

Qatar’s human rights document and its therapy of migrant employees have been extensively criticised for the reason that nation was awarded the proper to host the match, which begins in November 20.

In line with The Guardian, greater than 6,500 migrant employees have died in Qatar because it was introduced as host nation 12 years in the past, with at the very least 37 deaths straight linked to the development of stadiums for the match.

Nevertheless, Qatar declare that solely three labourers died in work-related accidents throughout development work for World Cup.

The match’s organising group, the Qatar Supreme Committee (QSC), has now issued a livid response to Denmark’s package launch – rejecting Hummel’s declare that hundreds of employees have died in reference to the match, whereas additionally accusing the producer of “trivialising” the nation’s “real dedication” to employee security.

“Since profitable the proper to host the FIFA World Cup, the SC has labored diligently alongside the Qatari authorities to make sure that the match delivers an enduring social legacy,” learn an announcement. 

“For that purpose, we dispute Hummel’s declare that this match has value hundreds of individuals their lives. Moreover, we whole-heartedly reject the trivialising our real dedication to guard the well being and security of the 30,000 employees who constructed FIFA World Cup stadiums and different match initiatives.

“That very same dedication now extends to 150,000 employees throughout numerous match companies and 40,000 employees within the hospitality sector.

Qatar has faced criticism for its human rights record and treatment of migrant workers (Image: Alamy)
Qatar has confronted criticism for its human rights document and therapy of migrant employees (Picture: Alamy)

“The onus ought to at all times be on international locations to do extra to guard the rights of peoples everywhere in the world, together with in Denmark. The SC’s work is recognised by quite a few entities inside the worldwide human rights neighborhood as a mannequin that has accelerated progress and improved lives.

“Qatar’s reforms are acknowledged by the ILO and ITUC as a benchmark within the area. Like each nation, progress on these points is a journey with no end line, and Qatar is dedicated to that journey.

“We urge the DBU to precisely convey the result of their intensive communication and work with the SC, and to make sure that that is precisely communicated to their companions at Hummel.”


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