International players float message of peace in Doha

DOHA: In a telling message for world peace, football players

of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyztan posed behind a banner urging

regional leaders keep politics out of sport.

The two teams were photographed with the special banner

before their match at the International Football Tournament

for U-23 teams.

The rare gesture from two visiting teams was witnessed at

one of the football pitches at Aspire Academy where the event

is being held.

The banner read”KEEP POLITICS AWAY FROM FOOTBALL”.

The sporting gesture came as the Gulf crisis lingers on the

region.

The tournament has been organised by Qatar Football

Federation (QFA) so So Anabi prepares for this month’s

Asian Cup qualifiers.

World body FIFA has explicitly banned political interference

from football.

A number of top football names like Xavi, Dr Boer brothers

and Iker Casillas have urged the protesting countries to end

their siege against Qatar.

The blockade against Qatar has lasted more than a month.

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