The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyspread today through his Instagram account the message he intended to convey before the World Cup final in Qatar, but which was rejected by FIFA on the grounds that it violates political neutrality.
“This World Cup proves once again that differences between peoples and countries must be decided in fair play, not in a game with fire,” points the ukrainian leader in his message, collected on the Ukrinform portal.
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“When it is the players who compete, we all enjoy peace”, continue Zelensky in your message.
In his speech, the president asked for support to restore peace in his country and, facing the fans, he said “Let’s see the Cup final together. And let’s see the end of the war together.”
The speech of President #Zelenskyywhich was supposed to be heard before the final of the World Championship in #Qatar, was published. It was not allowed to be aired by #FIFA functionaries. pic.twitter.com/yqJAgr3TcG
– NEXTA (@nexta_tv) December 18, 2022
Ukrainian presidential sources reported that Zelensky had asked FIFA to send a video message before the World Cup final, which takes place this Sunday between Argentina and France.
However, FIFA rejected this request.is recalled in the note posted in Ukrinform.
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