FilGoal | News | A letter from FIFA to the World Cup teams: Let’s focus on the ball and don’t drag it for ideological and political battles

FilGoal | News | A letter from FIFA to the World Cup teams: Let’s focus on the ball and don’t drag it for ideological and political battles

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Gianni Infantino, president of the International Football Association “FIFA”, and Fatima Samoura, the general secretary, wrote to the teams participating in the 2022 World Cup, asking them to focus on football and not engage in ideological and political conflicts.

And the English “Sky Sports” network published the letter directed to the teams in a report today, Friday.

Ukraine had demanded that Iran be excluded from the World Cup, citing human rights violations.

The request of the Ukrainian federation comes after the statement of Shakhtar Donetsk club, which last week demanded that Iran be excluded and that Ukraine should be entered in the World Cup.

The captains of England, Wales and six other European teams also announced their intention to wear the captain’s armband with the colors of the rainbow in support of homosexuality, contrary to the laws that criminalize it in Qatar.

The letter was as follows:

The World Cup in Qatar is approaching, and the excitement over the world’s premier football festival is growing as the tournament counts down.

As one of the 32 teams participating in the tournament, you carry the hopes and dreams of your country and all its members on your shoulders.

FIFA would like to assure you that in Qatar everything has been prepared to ensure that every participating country has the best chance of success, and the eight modern stadiums where the 64 matches will be played will provide the perfect platform for the world’s largest sporting event.

So please let us now focus on football.

We know that football does not live in isolation and a vacuum and we are equally aware that there are many challenges and difficulties of a political nature in different parts of the world, but please do not allow football to be drawn into every ideological or political battle that exists.

At FIFA we try to respect all opinions and beliefs without giving moral lessons to the rest of the world, one of the world’s greatest strengths is indeed its diversity, and if inclusion means anything it means respect for diversity.

No people, culture or nation are better than anyone else. This principle is the bedrock of mutual respect and non-discrimination. This is also one of the core values ​​of football, so please let us all remember that and let football take center stage.

Now at the World Cup we have a unique opportunity to welcome and embrace everyone regardless of origin, background, religion, gender, homosexuality or nationality.

Let us seize the opportunity and unite the world through the universal language of football.

We wish you good luck and success and a great hero is waiting for you.

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