World Cup offers ‘unique platform’ to seek peace in Ukraine, says FIFA chief | world cup 2022

The head of world soccer’s governing body, FIFA, issued a call on Tuesday for a ceasefire in the war in Ukraine during the World Cup, calling on all sides to use the tournament as a “positive trigger” to work towards a resolution. .

Gianni Infantino, speaking over lunch with leaders of the G20’s major economies on the Indonesian island of Bali, said the month-long World Cup, which begins in Qatar on Sunday, offered a unique platform for peace.

“My plea to all of you, to think about a month-long temporary ceasefire for the duration of the World Cup, or at least the implementation of some humanitarian corridors or anything that might lead to a resumption of dialogue as a first step towards peace. ”, said the FIFA president.

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“You are the world leaders, you have the ability to influence the course of history. Football and the World Cup offer you and the world a unique platform for unity and peace around the world.”

Russia reached the quarterfinals of the last World Cup in 2018, which they hosted, but have been excluded from this tournament due to their invasion of Ukraine. Ukraine came close to qualifying for Qatar but lost to Wales in a deciding play-off in June.

Infantino noted that Russia hosted the 2018 edition and that Ukraine is bidding to host the 2030 contest, with up to 5.5 billion people expected to watch this year’s event, which could send a message of hope. “Maybe the current World Cup, which starts in five days, could be that positive trigger,” he said.

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