Danish national football players join the campaign against homophobia.


In a joint initiative between Denmark and Germany to combat homophobia in football, both teams wore rainbow colours at their friendly game on the 6th of June 2017. This was to celebrate the 25th anniversary, when the two teams met in 1992, when Denmark won the European championship final.

The rainbow colours were visible throughout the stadium, and on the pitch. The most visible rainbow colours were on the captains armbands, the corner flags, and of course worn by the Amnesty activists. This friendly match at Brøndby Stadium marked the 25th anniversary of the European Championship final in 1992 – the first and only time Denmark won one of the great finals .

At several places in the stadium. rainbow lights lit up to symbolise the players support for the football against homophobia campaign, and that football is for everyone.

Together with the Danish Football Association (DBU), the Players Association and the Danish Football Supporter Association  all supported the Amnesty campaign against homophobia in football. This campaign also appeared in the women’s match between Denmark and England on July 1.

“From the amateur league of football to national team football. Homophobia in Danish football, we must fight together. Football should unite and be for everyone. It has to be for everyone who loves football, a responsibility,

In a joint statement, Sanne Troelsgaard and national team player Riza Durmisi said “We must fight homophobia in Danish football, from the lowest division right up to the National team. Football should unite people and it is for everyone. It is the responsibility of everyone who loves football”

Amnesty in the stadium

Amnesty was present in and around the stadium, where activists shared rainbow coloured stickers and badges with the fans with the message “Love Is A Human Right”. Amnesty and DBU signed May 25, 2015 one binding cooperative where Amnesty briefs players and leaders on human rights in individual countries prior to international matches, and this new campaign stems from the cooperation.

“Amnesty International is very pleased to collaborate with DBU and the Players Association in the fight against homophobia. Football is an essential part of Danish culture, and as important role models as national team players can thus really help to make a difference by stipulating that sports are for everyone – no matter who we love, “says Secretary General Trine Christensen.

Supporters against homophobia from the stands

Also the Danish football fans are backing the initiative to kick homophobia from the Danish stadiums.
“We are supporting the campaign, because we want to emphasise that we in Denmark have a lot of dedicated fans who want to include everyone in what we love the most: football”, says Rasmus Trenskow that is chairman of the Danish Football Supporter Association.

The selection is a collaboration between the national team players, the Players Association, Amnesty International Denmark, Danish Football Supporter Association and DBU.

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