FIFA president calls for an end to war in Europe

FIFA President Gianni Infantino delivers a speech during the 5th edition of the Accessibility Forum in Doha, Qatar, 06 November 2022. Picture by EPA/NOUSHAD THEKKAYIL

Gianni Infantino, the president of the world’s governing body of football (FIFA), has urged international leaders to do everything possible to end the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Infantino made the remarks during a meeting of the leaders of the world’s leading economies in Indonesia.

“My request to you is to consider suspending the war during this World Cup or trying to find a way to find peace; you are the leaders of the world; you have the power to change things,” said the FIFA President.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been going on for a year now, with no end in sight.

FIFA President has asked world leaders to intervene before the start of this year’s tournament in Qatar on November 20 because he is concerned that something will prevent people from watching the games.

FIFA banned Russia this year for attacking Ukraine, which failed to qualify for the World Cup. The World Cup is expected to be watched by over five billion people.

“Perhaps the World Cup, which begins in five days, will be the start of good things,” Gianni speculated.

Thirty-two teams will compete in the tournament, which will be hosted by Qatar, a country rich in minerals such as oil.

Unfortunately, South Africans will be unable to support their national team in this tournament due to their failure to qualify; Bafana Bafana last competed in the World Cup in 2010.

Brazil, Germany, Argentina, England, France, Spain, Croatia, Mexico, and other major football nations are expected to compete for the title won by France in the 2018 tournament in Russia. Senegal, Tunisia, Cameroon, and Ghana will be among the African countries represented.