Denmark unveil World Cup ‘protest’ kits against Qatar’s human rights record

Denmark will wear shirts at the World Cup that criticise the human rights record of host nation Qatar, with a black option unveiled to honour migrant workers who died during construction work for the tournament.

“The colour of mourning,” kit manufacturer Hummel said in a post on Instagram releasing the black third-choice design. “While we support the Danish national team all the way, this shouldn’t be confused with support for a tournament that has cost thousands of people their lives,” the company said.

Though Fifa’s World Cup rules prohibit political statements on team uniform, the three Denmark shirt designs in all-red, all-white and all-black appear to comply with no words or symbols that are an explicit statement.

“We support the Danish national team all the way, but that isn’t the same as supporting Qatar as a host nation,” added Hummel.

Qatar has been fiercely criticised in the past decade for its treatment of migrant workers, mostly from south Asia, needed to build tens of billions of pounds’ worth of stadiums, roads, hotels and further infrastructure.



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