Monday, December 5

The Hummel brand erases its trace from the shirt of the Danish soccer team to protest against the World Cup in Qatar

The sports brand Hummel, which dresses the Danish soccer team, announced this Wednesday that it will remove its logos and badges from the national team’s kits during the Qatar World Cup in protest at the working conditions in which the emirate has employed thousands of migrants to build the competition stadiums. “We have hidden all the details of the new kits for the World Cup. We don’t want to be visible during a tournament that has cost thousands of lives,” the brand explained in an Instagram post.

Hummel has launched two kits, the local, red, and the visitor, black. “With these outfits we want to send a dual message. Not only do they pay tribute to the team that won the Euro 92, but they are a protest against Qatar and its records of human rights violations”, reads the message posted on their social networks. “We defend the Danish national team, but that is not the same as defending Qatar as the host country of the tournament,” he says.

The company has also explained that they have chosen the color black for the shirt with the third kit of Denmark as a sign of mourning. “We defend Denmark – insists the company, but this cannot be confused with supporting a tournament that has cost thousands of human lives. We want to leave a message against a country that does not respect human rights or the migrant workers who have built the stadiums for the competition”.

Despite being a dictatorship that violates human rights, the emirate of Qatar maintains juicy trade relations with most Western countries and has managed to host the World Cup that is being held this year, despite the fact that in order to do so It should be played in winter and interrupt the calendars of the main leagues in the world.

Several international organizations have repeatedly denounced issues such as legal discrimination against women and LGTBI people; or the conditions of semi-slavery in which thousands of foreign workers work –only 12% of the country’s inhabitants are Qataris–, for example, in the construction of the facilities for the next World Cup that starts at the end of November.

The preparation of the World Cup has aroused enormous criticism not only among the general public but also between various soccer playerssuch as Harry Kane, captain of the English national team, or the Australian Josh Cavallo, the first active footballer to openly declare himself gay, who he said a few months ago that he would be afraid to play in Qatar for its homophobic legislation.

According to an investigation by the British newspaper The Guardian, based on statistics from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, more than 6,500 workers from those countries have died during the construction of the stadiums and facilities for the World Cup. In 2010, when Qatar was chosen as the venue, the emirate began the construction of seven stadiums, as well as numerous infrastructures, an airport and several hotels. The organizations accuse the Government not only of not ensuring the protection of the workers, but also of not investigating the cause of the deaths.

The country also has legislation that punishes consensual sexual relations between people of the same sex with prison sentences of up to ten years. The current criminal code also provides sentences of between one and three years in prison for those who “instigate” or “persuade” other people to commit acts of “sodomy or immorality.”

The penalties are even harsher for Muslims, who can be sentenced to death simply for having sex outside of marriage; and far worse for women in particular, who even claim rape can be prosecuted for consensual sex outside of marriage.