FIFA Denies Zelenskyy’s Public Address at the World Cup Finals
According to reports, FIFA has turned down the request from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to deliver a message on world peace prior to the start of the World Cup final on December 18 in Qatar.
CNN reports that, Zelenskyy‘s office volunteered to make a video connection appearance to deliver a message of peace prior to the 18 December final.
The request was turned down by the organizations that control sports, though.
According to the report, a Ukrainian insider said, “We believed FIFA wanted to use its platform for the greater good.”
The article further stated that the discussions with FIFA authorities were still ongoing.
On Sunday, the World Football Cup will come to an end with France playing Argentina in the championship game.
The politician-turned-actor Zelenskyy has attempted to use events in the past to spread his message of peace.
Zelenskyy spoke via video link at the Cannes Film Festival, the Grammy Awards, and the G20 conference since the commencement of Russia’s “special military operation” in late February.
Additionally, he addressed lawmakers in important western nations.
Russia has been attacking Ukraine with new missile strikes that have targeted its energy infrastructure. According to an AFP report, the most recent strikes also claimed the lives of civilians in the central Ukrainian city of Kryvyi Rih.