Denmark will not send representative to Qatar World Cup unless new government in place

Denmark will not send an official representative to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar because it currently only has a caretaker government, an acting minister has confirmed.

Denmark will not send representative to Qatar World Cup unless new government in place
Acting culture minister Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen has confirmed the caretaker Danish government will not send any representative to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

Caretaker minister for culture Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen told news wire Ritzau that no decision would be taken to send an official to Qatar by the acting government.

Denmark held parliamentary elections on November 1st and talks between parties to form the next government are likely to become protracted.

“Focus right now is on forming a new government. In the meantime, Denmark will not be officially represented during the World Cup in Qatar,” Halsboe-Jørgensen said.

The royal family, which follows the line of the government, will likewise not send any representative to Qatar for now, head of communications Lene Balleby told Ritzau.

Last week, Halsboe-Jørgensen told media in Denmark that she did not intend to go to Qatar in her own role as caretaker minister.

That stance applies to all official Danish representation, she has since confirmed.

That means ambassadors and diplomats will not represent Denmark at the controversial tournament unless the situation changes following the formation of a new government.

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Captain Kjær says Denmark still ‘amazing’ despite World Cup flop

Simon Kjær insisted that Denmark are still a top team despite their dismal 1-0 defeat to Australia which knocked them out of the World Cup at the group stage.

Captain Kjær says Denmark still 'amazing' despite World Cup flop

Denmark had come into the tournament on a high after getting to the semi-finals of last year’s European Championship and beating world champions France home and away in the Nations League.

But they slumped out of tournament in humiliating fashion, finishing bottom of Group D with just one point and a single goal scored after Mathew Leckie fired Australia into the last 16.

“We didn’t deliver as a team, massively disappointed but that’s part of football, we were flying very high in the Euro, now we’re pretty far down,” said captain Kjær, who sat out of Wednesday’s match injured.

“We will have to take all the beatings and that’s right, we need to take everything. We’re an amazing team, still with a lot of quality and we have to learn from this.”

Denmark were one of the country’s most heavily involved in the rainbow-themed captain’s armband controversy which dominated the early stages of the World Cup.

But Kjær said that his team had been “mentally in a good place” despite the off-field row over LGBTQ rights in Qatar which dominated the early stages of the tournament.

“I saw fire in the boys’ eyes before we went out so there was a strong belief that we could turn this around,” said Kjær.

“We were just missing a bit, we were not able to put it out there today and that is probably the picture of our World Cup. But my mindset about the quality of the team hasn’t changed.

“We’re still a fantastic team and we still have a lot of quality. This is not our standard but I’m a very big fan of the team, so you win as a team and you lose as a team.”

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