Helle Thorning-Schmidt wore a rainbow sleeve over her dress during her meeting with Fifa President Gianni Infantino (Picture: Fifa)

Helle Thorning-Schmidt wore a rainbow sleeve over her dress during her meeting with Fifa President Gianni Infantino (Picture: Fifa)

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

Helle Thorning-Schmidt wore a rainbow sleeve over her dress during her meeting with Fifa President Gianni Infantino (Picture: Fifa)

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

Helle Thorning-Schmidt, 55, a retired politician who served as Denmark’s prime minister from 2011 to 2015, broke regulations in Qatar to wear the colorful dress.

She was also seen wearing the OneLove armband which was controversially banned by Fifa as a senior Danish FA manager, posing for photos pitchside.

The armband has been banned by Fifa, and England captain Harry Kane, along with six other nations including Denmark, have been warned that if they wear the bracelet they will face penalties.

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

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

Chairman of DBU’s Governance and Development Committee, Thorning-Shmidt could be seen wearing the brightly colored dress from the stands.

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

She could be seen wearing the armband from the stands (Picture: Fifa)

Former Danish PM wears rainbow sleeve to meet Fifa president

The former prime minister was also seen wearing the OneLove armband (Picture: @hellethorningschmidt)

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There was controversy surrounding the band after Fifa chiefs said it could not be worn, sparking a backlash online.

But the former Danish prime minister decided to ignore the Fifa ban, and as she met Gianni Infantino ahead of the Denmark-Tunisia match, she could be seen wearing an armband with her outfit.

Former England footballer Alex Scott also decided to ignore Fifa and wore the armband pitchside as she commented on the Three Lions opener yesterday.

Asked by Ekstra Bladet if Denmark shouldn’t have gone ahead and put on the armband, Thorning-Shmidt said: “You could have done that too, but you could have risked a whole day in quarantine.

“That’s what I understand FIFA threatened.

‘Or other penalties. Fifa has been a little discreet about the sanctions that could be considered.

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

Alex Scott wore the armband pitchside yesterday ahead of England’s game against Iran (Picture: BBC)

Former Danish PM wears rainbow sleeve to meet Fifa president

She was seen wearing her sparkly dress in the stands (Picture: @hellethorningschmidt)

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“It doesn’t mean 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 scrapped, England captain Kane said: “I am honored to join my fellow national team captains in supporting the important OneLove campaign.”

“As captains we may all be competing against each other on the pitch, but we are united against all forms of discrimination.

“It is even more relevant at a time when division is common in society. Wearing the armband together on behalf of our teams will send a clear message when the world is watching.

Kane previously wore the armband in Nations League fixtures in England in September.

Besides the captains of England and Wales, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Switzerland have also given up wearing it due to possible bookings by FIFA.

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

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