FIFA President calls on global football community to support Afghan refugees

FIFA President calls on global football community to support Afghan refugees

By QLSports

World football body, FIFA’s, President, Gianni Infantino has urged the global football community and governments to come forward to address the escalating refugee and humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

President Infantino was speaking during a visit to a compound hosting 150 Afghan refugees in Doha, who were in critical danger due to their connection with women’s sport.

He praised Qatar’s efforts to evacuate more than 70,000 people from Afghanistan since August.

Additionally, he thanked the Albanian government led by Prime Minister Edi Rama, which has agreed to take in and house the first group of evacuees, to provide football players and their families with temporary settlement and to help FIFA to evacuate many more.

“Qatar in particular and His Highness the Amir, they have to be thanked,” President Infantino said. “These girls and their families are here in a safe environment, at a compound built for the FIFA World Cup next year.”

“The first one who jumped in was Prime Minister Edi Rama from Albania; I want to thank him as well. But we need more countries, we need more governments, we need more football family members to help – not just to talk about solidarity or to talk about helping but to do it with real action,” he continued.

“We will continue to knock on all the doors around the world, and we hope that some will listen and hear this plea, this call for help, and will open the doors to these girls, who all have an amazing life story to tell.”

Among the evacuees staying at the compound are players from the senior, U-23, U-17 and U-15 Afghan women’s teams, together with their family members.

There are also female match officials, administrators and women’s football coaches within the group.

Afghanistan Football Federation General Secretary Fazil Mohammad Shahab, who was heavily involved in developing women’s football across the country, is also among the evacuees at the camp.

Lawyers who worked on the Keramuudin Karim abuse case, which resulted in a lifetime ban from football for the former AFF President, were also evacuated for their own safety, along with family members.

In addition to those connected to football, FIFA also assisted the Afghanistan National Basketball Federation and the organization Equality League with the evacuation of over 30 women associated with female basketball in Afghanistan, including 19 members of the women’s national and regional teams, all of whom are now also safely at the compound in Doha.

“We all often say that football gives hope,” said the FIFA President. “This is real life and to be able to give real hope to these girls and to their families, to enable them to build a new life, is something that you cannot explain in words. It is very emotional to be here. I am very, very happy that we have been able to help many football players, many girls to get out of Afghanistan and there is more to come.”

FIFA intends to bring more girls, women and others associated with women’s sport safely out of the country over the coming weeks with Qatar’s help.

---

Make sure to check out our social media to keep track of the latest content.

Instagram - @qatarliving

Twitter - @qatarliving

Facebook - Qatar Living

YouTube qatarlivingofficial

Cover Image Credit and Source: FIFA
COVID-19 Banner
Log in or register to post comments

More from Qatar Living

Qatar sets Guinness World Record for most nationalities planting tree at the same time

Qatar sets Guinness World Record for most nationalities planting tree at the same time

The Supervisory Committee for the Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar has set a new Guinness Global Record for the ‘Most Nationalities Planting Trees at the Same Time’, adding to Qatar's long collection of world records.
Qatar Energy announces fuel prices for November 2021

Qatar Energy announces fuel prices for November 2021

Qatar Energy has released the latest fuel price list, effective Monday, November 1, 2021.
9th edition of Ajyal Film Festival to feature 85 inspiring films from 44 countries

9th edition of Ajyal Film Festival to feature 85 inspiring films from 44 countries

Presented by the Doha Film Institute (DFI), the Ajyal Film Festival will see weeklong film screenings and community-oriented events under the theme, ‘Press Play!’
5 Spots for BBQ in Qatar

5 Spots for BBQ in Qatar

As we get comfortable with the winds getting chillier and take out those light snazzy jackets, we couldn’t help but choose our top spots for BBQ in Qatar for you!
WATCH: Spectacular Al Thumama Stadium becomes sixth tournament-ready venue for Qatar 2022

WATCH: Spectacular Al Thumama Stadium becomes sixth tournament-ready venue for Qatar 2022

Qatar’s latest FIFA World Cup™ tournament venue was unveiled on Friday night when Al Thumama Stadium hosted the Amir Cup Final between Al Rayyan and Al Sadd.
WATCH: HH the Amir, Father Amir perform rain-seeking prayers

WATCH: HH the Amir, Father Amir perform rain-seeking prayers

Qatar’s Amir His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani performed the Istisqa prayer earlier this morning together with worshippers in the Al-Wajbah prayer ground.
WATCH: Qatar Living wraps up successful participation at Cityscape 2021

WATCH: Qatar Living wraps up successful participation at Cityscape 2021

Qatar Living (QL) successfully concluded its participation at the ninth edition of the country’s most prestigious and influential real estate and networking event, Cityscape Qatar 2021, held at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center earlier this week.
WATCH: Sheikha Moza discusses QF’s establishment from vision to reality

WATCH: Sheikha Moza discusses QF’s establishment from vision to reality

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation (QF) shared insights into how the foundation went from vision to reality at a special panel discussion aired on Qatar TV yesterday.