FIFPRO grateful to Australia for evacuating Afghan women footballers
FIFPRO confirmed that Afghanistan women's national football team were able to get on a plane from Kabul and are now safe in Australia.
The worldwide representative organization for professional footballers
women's national football team who were among a group of more than 75 people have been able to get on a flight from Kabul and are now safe as the country is in crisis following the takeover by the Taliban, according toSky Sports
The governing body said in a statement:
"We are grateful to the Australian Government for evacuating a large number of women footballers and athletes from Afghanistan.
"These young women, both as athletes and activists, have been in a position of danger, and on behalf of their peers around the world we thank the international community for coming to their aid."
The Afghan football team was created in 2007 in a country where women playing sport was seen as a political act of defiance against the Taliban.
Players had been advised recently to delete social media posts and their pictures with the team to help avoid reprisals.
"The last few days have been extremely stressful but today we have achieved an important victory,"
former team captain Khalida Popal said.
Popal is among a team of FIFPRO lawyers and advisers who have been working with authorities in six different countries, including Australia, the US, and the UK to get athletes and their families on flights.
"The women footballers have been brave and strong in a moment of crisis and we hope they will have a better life outside Afghanistan,"
"But there is still much more work to do. Women's football is a family and we must make sure everyone is safe."
FIFPRO general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann revealed that evacuations had been "an incredibly complex process”.
"We are relieved that this group of footballers and athletes have been able to leave Afghanistan,"
"It has been an incredibly complex process for everyone involved to secure their evacuation. Our hearts go out to all the others who remain stranded in the country against their will."
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