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FIFA on Qatar World Cup: Let Football Take Center Stage

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Excitement is Sky high for all the billions of Football fans around the world as the most awaited football competition kicks off after 4 years, the FIFA World Cup is back with all the 32 qualified teams looking forward to make a big difference and take the title home.

Fans are looking forward at their home team and their favourite players to make a big difference at the tournament as the wait for 4 long years comes to an end with the ball being kicked off on 20th November 2022 where the first match is between Qatar and Ecuador. 

A lot of legends who have been ruling the biggest stage of football would be having their last dance at the FIFA World Cup 2022. Players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar may play their last World cup this time and this maybe their last chance to get their hands on the Cup. They have been on top in terms of club football and have been ruling the biggest stage for years.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been all over the news since his last interview where he confessed that he was betrayed by his club. Since then, Ronaldo has been training hard in the special training facility of Cristiano Ronaldo house and is expected to make a big difference in the World Cup. 

On the other hand, Lionel Messi is all charged up and ready to bring the World Cup home, although the ‘GOAT’ of football won’t end his club career in Qatar 2022, it will be the final opportunity to witness him compete in a World Cup. As per multiple reports, Lionel Messi wife Antonella will be travelling with the star and is also helping Messi by maintaining a strict diet for the footballer.

Amid all the excitement for the fans and the players and the teams around, a lot of countries around are making the World Cup as their ideological and political matter to gain attention towards themselves. 

The matter soon came under the light and FIFA was quick to take action and refrain people from doing so as soon as they could. FIFA president stepped up and wrote a letter to the players and the other staff so that the biggest tournament can maintain its dignity and continue to operate at the highest level possible.

Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, and Fatma, the secretary general, wrote to players and coaches pleading with them to allow football take centre stage and refrain from preaching morals.

Now let’s concentrate on the football, please! In a letter to the 32 soccer federations, Infantino and Samoura pleaded with them “not to allow football to be pulled into every existing ideological or political fight.”

When Qatar was chosen in 2010 to host the World Cup, it drew criticism for how it treated the low-paid migrant workers who built buildings worth tens of billions of dollars and for having laws that made same-sex partnerships illegal.

Why did FIFA suddenly had this request?

In defiance of FIFA regulations, eight European clubs have agreed to have their leaders wear armbands with hearts on them to promote an anti-discrimination campaign.

Calls to establish a compensation fund for the families of migrant workers have received support from several coaches and federations. The Danish team will wear a black uniform as a show of “mourning” for those who lost their lives in Qatar.

Prior to Iran’s match against England on November 21 in the World Cup’s second game in a group that also included the United States, there have been calls for Iran to be eliminated.

Iranian supporter organisations want the federation shut down for discriminating against women, and FIFA has been requested to kick Iran out of the World Cup for violating human rights and arming the Russian military.

The Australian football team spoke out in a stunning video last week over the scandals that have dogged the competition in Qatar. 16 Socceroos players called on Qatar to allow same-sex couples and to stand up for migrant workers who were mistreated while building World Cup infrastructure in a historic joint statement.

FIFA has now written to every one of the 32 teams competing at the Qatar World Cup, potentially in response to the Socceroos’ video. The letter, which was apparently co-signed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Secretary-General Fatma Samoura, reportedly urged the nations to concentrate on football.

What did the letter issued by FIFA said?

The letter issued by FIFA read as :-

“We know football does not live in a vacuum and we are equally aware that there are many challenges and difficulties of a political nature all around the world,” the FIFA leaders wrote in their letter on Thursday that did not address or identify any specific issue.

“At FIFA, we try to respect all opinions and beliefs, without handing out moral lessons to the rest of the world. One of the great strengths of the world is indeed its very diversity, and if inclusion means anything, it means having respect for that diversity.

Infantino and Samoura added: “No one people or culture or nation is better than any other. This principle is the very foundation stone of mutual respect and non-discrimination. And this is also one of the core values of football.

They repeated long-standing promises made by Qatar, including by its Emir at the United Nations general assembly in New York in September, that all visitors to Qatar will be welcome “regardless of origin, background, religion, gender, sexual orientation or nationality.”