FIFA President Gianni Infantino voiced a call for a cease-fire in Ukraine for the duration of this year’s World Cup in Qatar on Tuesday in Nusa Dua.
Infantino made the request during a lunch with leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) major economies on Bali, Indonesia.
He believes that all parties should utilize the 2022 World Cup as a “positive trigger” for a cease-fire, and that the tournament would be a useful tool in working toward a resolution.
He stated that the 2022 World Cup, which begins on Sunday in Qatar, gives a unique platform for peace.
Infantino said: “My plea to all of you, to think of 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 can lead to the resumption of dialogue as a first step to peace.
“You are the world leaders, you have the ability to influence the course of history. Football and the World Cup are offering you and the world a unique platform of unity and peace all over the world.”
Remember that Russia reached the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup but was forbidden from competing this year due to its invasion of Ukraine.
Meanwhile, Ukraine came close to qualifying for Qatar 2022 but fell to Wales in a final playoff in June.
“Maybe the current World Cup, starting in five days, can be that positive trigger,” Infantino added.
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