Helle Thorning-Schmidt wore a rainbow sleeve on her dress when she met Fifa president Gianni Infantino (Image: Fifa)

Helle Thorning-Schmidt wore a rainbow sleeve on her dress when she met Fifa president Gianni Infantino (Image: Fifa)

Infantino meets ex-Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during the match FIFA website November 22, 2022 DOHA, QATAR - NOVEMBER 22: FIFA President Gianni Infantino during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group D match between Denmark and Tunisia at the Education City Stadium in November 22, 2022 in Doha, Qatar.  +8 FIFA President Gianni Infantino during Denmark v Tunisia Qatar World Cup

Helle Thorning-Schmidt wore a rainbow sleeve on her dress when she met Fifa president Gianni Infantino (Image: Fifa)

Denmark’s former prime minister decided she had enough of Fifa trying to ban the rainbow from the Qatar World Cup and wore a dress with the design to meet the president.

Helle Thorning-Schmidt (55), a retired politician who served as Prime Minister of Denmark from 2011 to 2015, broke the regulations in Qatar to wear the colored dress.

She was also seen wearing the OneLove bracelet which has been controversially banned by Fifa as the Danish FA chief executive posed for photos on the pitch.

The armband has been banned by Fifa and England captain Harry Kane, along with six other nations, including Denmark, were warned if they wore the band they would face sanctions.

It was claimed that any player seen wearing the armband would receive a yellow card if no further action.

The bracelet was designed to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ discrimination in Qatar, where same-sex relationships and the promotion of same-sex relationships are criminalized.

Chair of DBU’s governance and development committee, Thorning-Shmidt could be seen wearing the brightly colored dress from the stands.

Ex-Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at the match FIFA website November 22, 2022 DOHA, QATAR - NOVEMBER 22: FIFA President Gianni Infantino during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group D match between Denmark and Tunisia at the Education City Stadium on November 22 , 2022 in Doha, Qatar.  +8 FIFA President Gianni Infantino during Denmark v Tunisia Qatar World Cup

She could be seen wearing the bracelet from the stands (Image: Fifa)

Former Danish Prime Minister wears rainbow sleeve to meet Fifa president

The former Prime Minister was also seen wearing the OneLove bracelet (Image: @hellethorningschmidt)

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There has been controversy surrounding the band after Fifa bosses said it could not be worn, sparking a backlash online.

But the former Danish prime minister decided to ignore the Fifa ban and when she met Gianni Infantino ahead of Denmark’s match against Tunisia, she could be seen wearing a bracelet with the outfit.

Former England footballer Alex Scott also decided to ignore Fifa and wore the armband on the pitch as she commented on the Three Lions’ first game yesterday.

When asked by Ekstra Bladet whether Denmark should not have gone ahead and put on the armband, Thorning-Shmidt said: “You could have done it too, but you could have risked an entire matchday quarantine.

– This is what I understand that FIFA has threatened.

“Or other sanctions. Fifa has been a bit tight-lipped about what sanctions could be envisaged.

“I think that’s a valid assessment. Now we’re going to play football. I am happy for the seven nations who have worked together for this, but maybe it is also time to say now we play football.

Alex Scott wore the armband on the pitch yesterday ahead of England’s match with Iran (Image: BBC)

Former Danish Prime Minister wears rainbow sleeve to meet Fifa president

She was seen wearing her bright dress in the stands (Image: @hellethorningschmidt)

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“This does not mean that any of us are giving up the fight for LGBTQ+ rights to have a place in football in general.”

Speaking about the decision to wear the OneLove armband before it was abolished, England captain Kane said: ‘I am honored to join my fellow national team captains in supporting the important OneLove campaign.

“As captains, we can all compete against each other on the field, but we stand together against all forms of discrimination.

“This is even more relevant at a time when division is common in society. Wearing the wristband together on behalf of our teams will send a clear message as the world watches.’

Kane previously wore the armband during England’s Nations League matches in September.

In addition to England and Wales’ captains, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Switzerland have also withdrawn from using it in light of possible bookings from FIFA.

Their respective FAs were also involved in the joint statement, which concluded that they were collectively “very frustrated” by the decision – which they also called “unprecedented” – as they wanted to “actively support inclusion in football”.

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