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FIFA Blasted Teams To "Focus On Football" In Qatar

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FIFA has written to World Cup teams asking them to focus on the soccer in Qatar.

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FIFA further said,  sport shouldn't be dragged into ideological or political "battles".

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Infantino and Samoura said,

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"Please, let's now focus on the football!

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We know football does not live in a vacuum

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and we are equally aware that there are many challenges 

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and difficulties of a political nature all around the world.

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But please do not allow football to be dragged into every ideological or political battle that exists."

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Qatar has faced criticism for its human rights record on the treatment of foreign workers on women's rights and LGBTQ rights.

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In the Gulf state, homosexuality is illegal.

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Most of the captains will wear armbands in rainbow colours with the message "One Love" in an anti-discrimination campaign.