FIFA president pleas for ceasefire in Ukraine during World Cup at G-20 meet

The World Cup will kick off with hosts Qatar taking on Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor on 20 November.

Abhishek SandikarAuthor

Updated - 16 November 2022 10:52 AM

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FIFA president  Gianni  Infantino issued a request for a ceasefire in the war in Ukraine for the duration of the World Cup on Tuesday. He hopes that the tournament could lead to a "positive trigger" which would help work towards a resolution and possible peace.


Speaking during a lunch with leaders of the Group of 20 (G-20) major economies in Bali, FIFA President Infantino expressed that the month-long World Cup, which starts in Qatar on Sunday, could be a unique platform for peace.


"My plea to all of you, to think on 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 could lead to the resumption of dialogue as a first step to peace," Infantino said.


"You're 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. Maybe the current World Cup, starting in five days can be that positive trigger," he added.


Infantino also talked about the massive audience which watches the World Cup and for this year around 5.5 billion people are expected to watch the marquee tournament which could give a message of hope. The World Cup will kick off with hosts Qatar taking on Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor on 20 November. The World Cup begins with group stages where 32 teams are divided into eight groups of four. 


Each team will face the remaining three teams of their respective group in single round-robin matches. The winners of each group will reach the round of 16 stage of the tournament and from there play the quarterfinals, semi-finals and the final on 18 December at the Lusail Iconic Stadium in Lusail. 

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