Kick It Out chief executive Tony Burnett described comments made by FIFA President Gianni Infantino about African migrants as completely unacceptable. In a speech to the Council of Europe, Infantino referenced migrants risking drowning in the Mediterranean. He spoke about the benefits of plans to reform the calendar by including a proposed biennial men’s and women’s World Cup soon.
“We need to give hope to Africans so they don’t need to cross the Mediterranean in order to find, maybe, a better life but more probably death in the sea,” Infantino said. “We need to give opportunities and we need to give dignity, not by giving charity but by allowing the rest of the world to participate.”
“FIFA is a multi-billion profit-making organization. They already have the funds to invest in creating and inspiring opportunities for disadvantaged people around the world,” Kick It Out chief executive Tony Burnett said about comments made by FIFA President Gianni Infantino. “It is therefore completely unacceptable to suggest that a biennial World Cup, predominantly set up to drive further profits for FIFA, could be a solution for migrants who risk their lives, sometimes fleeing war-torn countries, to seek a better life.”
“If FIFA has a genuine commitment to tackling inequality, they should be investing time and resource into charitable causes on the ground, rather than disguising what appears to be a profit-making biennial World Cup as the answer to any existing problems,” he continued.