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Danish journalist asked to remove 'One Love' armband by Qatari police at World Cup in shocking footage

Daniel Marland

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Danish journalist asked to remove 'One Love' armband by Qatari police at World Cup in shocking footage

A reporter from Danish broadcaster TV2 was asked to remove his 'One Love' armband by Qatari police while covering the World Cup.

The 'One Love' captain's armband was set to be worn by several nations at this year's tournament in support of LGBT+ rights.

FIFA threatened to sanction anyone who wore the armband with a booking which saw England, Wales and others abandon the gesture.

BBC Sport pundit Alex Scott received praise on Monday for wearing the armband during the channel's coverage of England's 6-2 victory over Iran.

It appears to have developed into a statement from broadcasters across the globe. However, TV2 were met with resistance on Monday evening. Check out the footage below.


A member of the Qatari Traffic Unit attempts to put his hand over the camera as the reporter tells another official: "This is just colours. I know you have to tell me... what should I do?"

What was said in response isn't audible in the clip, which sees the journalist reply: "Who told you that I can't have it on? Ok can I take it in because I have to show it. If it's just in my hand maybe?"

Following another conversation, he states: "Listen, I respect that. I cannot take it off."

While pointing to his arm, he asks: "Why is this not allowed? Is it because of the colours? But this just says 'One Love'. It's respecting everybody."

The reporter pointing to the armband. (Image Credit: TV2 Denmark)
The reporter pointing to the armband. (Image Credit: TV2 Denmark)

It's not the first time TV2 have had issues in Qatar. The station received an apology from the Qatar Supreme Committee after Rasmus Tantholdt was threatened by officials.

Tantholdt was told his camera equipment was at risk of being destroyed while filming on the streets of Doha.

"Upon inspection of the crew’s valid tournament accreditation and filming permit, an apology was made to the broadcaster by on-site security before the crew resumed their activity," a statement from the Qatar Supreme Committee reads.

"Tournament organisers have since spoken to the journalist and issued an advisory to all entities to respect the filming permits in place for the tournament."

US journalist Grant Wahl was refused entry into the USMNT's 1-1 draw with Wales at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on Monday for wearing a rainbow t-shirt.

Wahl refused to remove the shirt and claims he was 'detained' for half an hour.

Featured Image Credit: u/DyingOnHills/Reddit

Topics: Qatar, Denmark, Football World Cup

Daniel Marland
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