The Danish national team, which was denied wearing human rights shirts in the Qatar 2022 World Cup, will head to the Gulf state on Tuesday, without official representation from the government or the royal family.
And the Danish government announced that none of its members will be present at the opening ceremony of the World Cup, next Sunday, not even its ambassador to Doha.
And Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen submitted the government’s resignation after winning the elections at the beginning of this month and is currently in negotiations to form a new one.
“The focus is currently on forming a new government. In the meantime, Denmark will not be officially represented at the World Cup in Qatar,” Sports Minister Anne Halsbo-Jørgensen told Danish news agency Ritzau.
There will also be no representation of the Kingdom at the opening ceremony, as Crown Prince Frederick, who is fond of the national team, announced that he is siding with the government’s position.
“The national team has my full support, wherever it plays in the world,” he said, on Monday, via Instagram after visiting the players. “This time I am looking forward to supporting the national team from home.”
The International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) refused a request for the Danish national team to wear human rights shirts during its training in the World Cup in Qatar.
Qatar is facing criticism because of its human rights record, especially regarding the issue of foreign workers in construction projects for the World Cup, and the rights of women and the LGBT community.
Hommel, the national team’s sports sponsor, had previously decided to obliterate its logo on the official shirt during the World Cup, as a “protest against Qatar and its human rights record.”
Besides the traditional red shirt for Denmark, the only Scandinavian country participating in the World Cup, Hummel also presented a gray and black shirt with a barely visible logo.
Denmark fell in Group D, along with defending champion France, Australia and Tunisia.