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Russia-Ukraine war: FIFA president Gianni Infantino calls on Russia and Ukraine to announce ceasefire during FIFA World Cup Qatar, CHECK OUT

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Russia-Ukraine war: The head of football’s world governing body FIFA issued a plea on Tuesday for a ceasefire in the war in…

Russia-Ukraine War: The head of soccer’s world governing body FIFA issued a plea on Tuesday for a ceasefire in the war in Ukraine during the World Cup, urging all sides to use the tournament as a “positive trigger” to work towards a solution. Follow FIFA World Cup 2022 Live updates with Akashera.IN

Russia-Ukraine war: FIFA president Gianni Infantino calls on Russia and Ukraine to announce ceasefire during FIFA World Cup Qatar, CHECK OUT

Speaking at a lunch with leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) major economies on the Indonesian island of Bali, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said the month-long World Cup, which starts in Qatar on Sunday, offered a unique platform for peace.

“My plea to all of you to think about a temporary ceasefire for a month during the World Cup, or at least the implementation of some humanitarian corridors or something that can lead to the resumption of dialogue as a first step to peace” Infantino said.

“You are the leaders of the world, 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 throughout the world.”

The World Cup will take place from November 20 to December 18 in Qatar, the first Middle Eastern country to host football’s showpiece event. Russia reached the quarter-finals of the last World Cup in 2018 but has been banned from this tournament due to its invasion of Ukraine. Ukraine came close to qualifying for Qatar but lost to Wales in a crucial play-off in June.

Infantino noted that Russia hosted the 2018 edition and Ukraine is bidding to host the 2030 competition, while as many as 5.5 billion people are expected to watch this year’s event, which could offer a message of hope.

“Perhaps the current World Cup starting in five days can be the positive trigger,” he added. There will be 32 teams competing in Qatar, from previous winners Brazil, Germany, Argentina, France and Spain to Japan, Senegal, Costa Rica and Saudi Arabia, with 64 matches in total.

Russia-Ukraine war: FIFA president Gianni Infantino calls on Russia and Ukraine to announce ceasefire during FIFA World Cup Qatar, CHECK OUT

Follow FIFA World Cup 2022 Live updates with Akashera.IN

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