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FIFA to host charity match for coronavirus

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The FIFA Foundation will organize its first-ever official football match to raise funds for Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator.

“It is our responsibility to demonstrate solidarity and continue to do everything we can to participate and support the efforts in the combat against the pandemic,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino. “We have been active in raising awareness via several other campaigns, and FIFA has also contributed financially to this cause, but now we commit ourselves to organize this global fundraising event when the health situation permits.”

The FIFA Foundation intends to host the match to widen the reach of football beyond the traditional sporting network and into wider society to help support efforts at tackling the coronavirus.

“The FIFA Foundation will engage not only with the worldwide football community but also other stakeholders from non-governmental organizations to other foundations. Moreover, from the private sector to governments, to ensure this initiative is a significant help to those who are at the forefront of research in combating COVID-19,” said FIFA Foundation Executive Chairman Mauricio Macri. “Our focus is to develop and support a society that can provide a balance in terms of prevention from such diseases and future life, creating an environment where sustainability can truly prosper.”

“Further details of this unique event, including the location, date, participants, and format, will be announced by FIFA Foundation in due course,” added FIFA Foundation CEO Youri Djorkaeff. “Various scenarios and plans are under consideration, all of which are in line with health and other relevant guidelines from respective governments and international organizations.”

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