FIFA has prohibited Denmark on Thursday from wearing their training jerseys that advocate a pro-human rights message, as criticisms regarding Qatar’s human rights violations and treatment of foreign migrant workers continue to mount.

The Danish football federation (DBU) has said that FIFA has prohibited them from wearing their training jerseys that says “Human Rights for All”. FIFA as an organization has a policy prohibiting the usage of political slogans and statements in general, claiming to want to “focus on football” rather than political agendas or messaging, according to NBC 4.

DBU director Jakob Jensen is reportedly saddened by the negative response of the FIFA organization regarding the message, saying he believes that “the message Human Rights for All is universal and is not a political call,” CNN reported. Despite the unhappiness that he has over FIFA’s decision to prohibit the training jersey from being used, the football club shall comply with the ruling in order to avoid any possible fines or sanctions that might be levied against them by the organization for their noncompliance. “We have sent a request to FIFA, but the response is negative. We regret that, but we have to take it into account,” he said.

The Danish team has been outspoken in their protest regarding the 2022 FIFA World Cup being awarded to and happening in Qatar. Their kit manufacturer Hummel reportedly has an all-black ensemble that represents the “color of mourning” and was made as a protest related to the human rights abuses that happened in the World Cup. “We don’t wish to be visible during a tournament that has cost thousands of people their lives,” they said in a statement.

Since being awarded the World Cup a decade ago, the Qatari government has experienced a fierce and increasing amount of backlash and criticisms for the alleged human rights abuses and violations in the country in the lead-up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Among the violations that had happened are the reported ill treatment of foreign migrant workers, as well as the general state of human rights in the Gulf state related to the rights of women and LGBTQ individuals.

Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter, whose administration had awarded Qatar the World Cup in 2010, has recently called the decision “a mistake.” He himself has been accused of corruption during his tenure as FIFA’s president, though he has been cleared of fraud charges related to it, ESPN reported.

Christian Eriksen of Denmark's national football team wears a black jersey and presents the team's new white away jersey ahead of the upcoming FIFA 2022 Football World Cup
This picture taken on September 19, 2022 in Helsingborg, Denmark, shows Christian Eriksen, player of Denmark's national football team, wearing a black jersey and presenting the team's new white away jersey ahead of the upcoming FIFA 2022 Football World Cup. - Denmark will wear a "toned down" kit at this year's World Cup in protest at Qatar's human rights record, sportswear maker Hummel said on September 28, 2022, setting off a furious response from the Gulf state. Hummel said the new jerseys were "a protest against Qatar and its human rights record". "We don't wish to be visible during a tournament that has cost thousands of people their lives," the company said in an Instagram post that referred to reports of casualties among migrant labourers working on Qatar's mega infrastructure projects. - Denmark OUT Photo by Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images

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