FIFA urges World Cup nations to “focus on football”

The International Football Association (FIFA) wrote to the participating teams in the FIFA World Cup, urging them to focus on football in Qatar and not to allow the sport to be carried away in ideological or political “battles”. The message from FIFA President Gianni Infantino and FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura follows a series of protests from World Cup teams, on issues ranging from LGBT rights to concerns about the treatment of migrant workers. “Please, let’s focus now on football,” quoted Sky News Infantino and Samora in the message addressed to the 32 participating countries in the FIFA World Cup. “We know that football does not live in a vacuum and we are equally aware that there are many challenges and difficulties of a political nature in all over the world, but please don’t let football be involved in every ideological or political battle that exists, “they added in the letter. FIFA could not immediately comment when contacted by Reuters. The World Cup, the first to be held in Middle East, starts November 20th. Last week, the Australian national football team criticized the record of Qatar in human rights and homosexual relations. The Danish Football Association also told ai media clubs last month that Danish players would have gone to the World Cup without their families to protest the record of the country’s human rights. The Australian Football Association confirmed it received a letter from FIFA on Friday, but declined to say more. Reuters also contacted the Danish Football Association for comment. World Cup organizers said everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or background, was welcome, but they also put in guard against showing intimacy in public. Qatar has recognized the existence of “loopholes” in its work system, but the World Cup has allowed the country to make progress in the field of workers’ rights. “In FIFA, we try to respect all opinions and beliefs, without giving moral lessons to the rest of the world,” Infantino said in the letter. “One of the greatest strengths in the world is really its diversity, and if inclusion means anything, it means respect for that diversity,” he continued. No people, culture or nation is “better” than any other. This principle is the cornerstone of mutual respect and non-discrimination. This is also one of the core values ​​of football. So please, let’s all remember and focus on football. “(Reuters)