‘Let football take the stage’ at Qatar World Cup, says Fifa president

Infantino tells nations: put ‘difficulties of political nature’ asidePresident wrote to all 32 competitors at tournamentThe president of Fifa, Gianni Infantino, has written to all 32 competing nations at this month’s World Cup, urging them to “let football take the stage” in Qatar.An unusual plea to both football associations and players to put political and human rights concerns to one side for the duration of the tournament, Infantino’s communication comes just two weeks before the start of competition and with a number of concerns on the part of both FAs and non-governmental organisations yet to be resolved.

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