Denmark’s national soccer player Nadia Nadim usually wins hearts in her home country.
But now there was trouble for the striker, who was born in Afghanistan and came to Denmark as a child. The reason: In April, Nadim announced that she would be an ambassador for the men’s soccer World Cup in Qatar.
Against the background of criticism of the human rights situation – such as the treatment of homosexuals – in the host country of the World Cup in November, the decision caused a lot of incomprehension in your country. The Danish refugee agency ended its cooperation with Nadim, the football association criticized her, and the media cross-examined her.
No argument in the team – Nadim defends himself
The case is particularly explosive because Nadim’s teammate Pernille Harder is homosexual. “I would have made a different decision,” Harder said. But she denied that there was a stink in the team. “Nadia doesn’t mind that I’m gay, so it’s not weird between us.”
Nadim defends her role as ambassador. She sees them as a “huge opportunity to make a difference.” Despite this, she is hurrying to demonstrate unity in the Danish team ahead of Friday’s encounter with Germany, the group’s opponents in the European Championship: “I have a fantastic relationship with my team-mates.”