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  • FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, said on Friday it helped the Qatari government to facilitate the evacuation of 100 players from Afghanistan.
  • Reuters reported that Qatar's foreign minister confirmed the evacuees' arrival on a flight from Kabul on Thursday.
  • “FIFA would like to express its sincere thanks to the government of Qatar for its support facilitating extensive discussions and for ensuring the safe passage of these individuals, deemed to have been at the highest risk,” the organization’s statement read.

FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, said on Friday it helped the Qatari government to facilitate the evacuation of 100 players and their family members from Afghanistan, following the Taliban's seizure of the country after the American withdrawal. 

Reuters reported that Qatar's foreign minister confirmed the evacuees' arrival on a flight from Kabul on Thursday. 

FIFA said in its statement Friday that it helped evacuate “almost 100 members of the football family from Afghanistan, including female players” who were “deemed to have been at the highest risk.” 

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“FIFA would like to express its sincere thanks to the government of Qatar for its support facilitating extensive discussions and for ensuring the safe passage of these individuals, deemed to have been at the highest risk, onto a Qatar Airways charter flight from Kabul, Afghanistan to Doha, Qatar,” the statement read. 

“The FIFA leadership has been closely coordinating with the government of Qatar since August on the evacuation of the group, and will continue to work closely on the safe evacuation of further members of the sporting family in the future,” the statement concluded. 

FIFA’s effort follows a series of successful evacuation attempts orchestrated by cycling’s governing body, UCI, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Australia. The UCI assisted in the evacuation of 165 refugees while the IOC helped relocate 100 members of the “Olympic community,” according to Reuters. 


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Published on Oct 15, 2021