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FIFA says it helped another 57 people get out of Afghanistan

FIFA said on Thursday it has helped get another 57 people, including from the football community, evacuated from Afghanistan to Qatar.

Berlin, 22 October 2021 (dpa/MIA) – FIFA said on Thursday it has helped get another 57 people, including from the football community, evacuated from Afghanistan to Qatar.

Football’s ruling body had last week said it played a role in almost 100 footballers and their families, including women taking the same route from Kabul to Doha.

FIFA has been working together with the government of Qatar on the issue and said that Albania is now helping as well.

“Following another round of complex negotiations, FIFA can confirm that it has supported Qatar with the evacuation from Afghanistan of a second group of refugees linked to women’s football and basketball,” FIFA said in a statement.

“A total of 57 individuals, mostly women and children, safely landed in Doha on Wednesday, 20 October, on a Qatar Airways charter flight.”

Many female footballers had gone into hiding since the Taliban regained power in Afghanistan August, and a group of junior players managed to flee to Pakistan, and have since been given visas to go to Britain.

Women were not allowed to participate in sport during the Taliban’s first reign which lasted until 2001.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino thanked Qatari and Albanian leaders and called on governments and the football community “to help us in obtaining residence permits and visas for the evacuees so that they can start a new life in safe and secure circumstances.”

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