Friday, September 30, 2022

Women’s soccer players leave Afghanistan on evacuation flight

KABUL, Afghanistan – Players of the Afghanistan women’s national football team won a “significant victory” on Tuesday when they joined a group of more than 75 people evacuated on a flight from Kabul.

Global football players’ union FIFPRO thanked the Australian government for facilitating the evacuation of players, team officials and family members, and work continues to help them leave Afghanistan.

“These young women, both as athletes and activists, are in danger, and on behalf of their peers around the world, we thank the international community for their assistance,” the union said in a statement.

The Afghan team was formed in 2007 in a country where women playing sports were seen as a political protest against the Taliban.

Players were advised this month to remove social media posts and photos of them with the team to help avoid retaliation since the fall of the US-backed Afghanistan government.

Former captain of the team Khaleda Pople said, ‘The last few days have been very tense but today we have achieved an important victory.

Papal joins a team of FIFPRO lawyers and consultants who have worked with authorities in six countries, including Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom, to provide evacuation lists and flights to safety for athletes and their families.

“The women’s football players have been brave and strong in this time of crisis and we hope that they will have a better life outside Afghanistan,” Pople said.

FIFPRO Secretary General Jonas Baer-Hoffmann said the evacuation was “an incredibly complex process”.

“Our hearts are with all those people who are stuck in the country against their will,” he said.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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