FIFA’s president, Gianni Infantino, has called on key stakeholders and the world at large to please focus on the game of football and ignore the political undertone. After the letter he addressed to all the qualified teams of the 2022 World Cup in November, where he encouraged them to “‘Focus on the football... not ideological or political battle that exists’, Infantino has now reemphasised his stand at the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia. The Football supremo said,
“We are not naive to believe that football can solve the world’s problems, We know that our main focus as a sports organisation is, and should be, sports, Because football unites the world can be the trigger for a positive gesture.”
“My plea to all of you is to think on a temporary ceasefire for one month, for the duration of the World Cup, or at least the implementation of some humanitarian corridors or anything that could lead to the resumption of dialogue as a first step to peace.”
Players and countries have threatened to protest at the World Cup in Qatar, with Workers rights and the treatment of the LGBTQ+ community in Qatar being some of the major reasons behind their decision. FIFA, the organisers of the tournament, will be hoping that they focus on football instead of political gestures.