According to reports, World Cup organiser FIFA turned down Volodymyr Zelensky’s proposal to use the international stage to spread a message of peace during the ongoing conflict with Russia at the tournament’s finals in Qatar. The Ukrainian president reportedly intended to show a video message of peace to spectators in the stadium in Qatar before the game.
The report goes on to say that Zelensky was astonished by the Football World Cup organisers’ unfavourable response. However. According to CNN, negotiations between Ukraine and the organisation that governs the sport are still ongoing.
It is unclear if the topic will be addressed at all in the FIFA World Cup final event, even though if approved, this would not have been the first virtual appearance of the President of the war-torn country to spread a message of peace throughout the world and call for an end to military aggression in Ukraine.
While many football fans and readers may find this refusal to be contentious, that is the standard at which the Qatar World Cup 2022 will be played. Unquestionably one of the most contentious sporting events in history, the competition was marked by controversy from the outset until the bitter finale. Now let’s review.