Nov. 18 (Reuters) – The Danish soccer team put in place a series of measures to highlight human rights concerns in Qatar after qualifying for the 2022 World Cup to be held there from the Middle East, said his football association (DBU).
Denmark had already sealed the automatic qualification last month after leading their group with nine wins and playing their final qualifying game on Monday.
The DBU said their two training kit sponsors will make room for messages critical to Qatar while also minimizing the number of trips to the country to avoid commercial activities that promote the events of the FIFA Cup hosts. world.
“DBU has long been highly critical of the World Cup in Qatar,” said managing director Jakob Jensen in a statement.
“But now we are stepping up our efforts and our critical dialogue even further to capitalize on the fact that we have qualified to work for more change in the country.
“In addition, we have long drawn attention to the challenges facing (the governing body of world football) FIFA and Qatar, and we will continue to do so.”
Earlier this week, Amnesty International released a 48-page report that found thousands of migrant workers in Qatar were trapped and exploited, and many of them at risk of “wage theft”.
The Qatari government denied the accusations but admitted that its system of work was still a “work in progress”. Read more
Jensen added that he was happy to see their business partners give way on training kits for messages aimed at improving conditions for migrant workers in Qatar.
“It is a very strong signal when our partners also engage in the fight for better conditions in Qatar,” he added.
“The partners support Danish football, the men’s national team and sports participation in the European Championships and the World Cup – not the individual host.”
Report by Rohith Nair in Bangalore; edited by Christian Schmollinger
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