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Fifa president Gianni Infantino wants Qatar World Cup to be ‘first step to peace’ in Ukraine

Posted on November 16, 2022

Fifa president Gianni Infantino has called for the forthcoming World Cup in Qatar to be the catalyst for a ‘first step to peace’ in Ukraine.

Addressing world leaders at the G20 summit in Bali, Infantino called it ‘naive’ to believe sport can solve the world’s problems but said: ‘This particular Fifa World Cup, with five billion people watching it, can be a trigger for a positive gesture, for a sign or a message of hope.

‘Russia hosted the last World Cup in 2018, and Ukraine is bidding to host the World Cup in 2030.

‘Maybe the World Cup, starting in five days, can be that positive trigger.

‘My plea, to all of you, is to think on a temporary ceasefire for the duration of the Fifa World Cup, or at least the implementation of humanitarian corridors, or anything that could lead to the resumption of dialogue.’

Fifa has been criticised over the decision to host the World Cup in Qatar, a country which criminalises same-sex relationships.