FIFA added its support to peace efforts in the Middle East, with President Gianni Infantino attending the signing of a landmark agreement between Bahrain, Israel and the United Arab Emirates in Washington DC, USA.
Commenting on the historic initiative, President Infantino said: “We want football to continue contributing to positive change across the world, especially during the uncertain times that we are facing on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. I am delighted that FIFA can be here to play its part in supporting these positive developments.”
While in the US capital, the FIFA President also paid a courtesy visit to the offices of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and met the US Attorney General, using the opportunity to personally thank the US authorities, and especially the DOJ, for their work in the fight against corruption in football.
...and a historic agreement between UAE and Israel FAs
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel football associations signed a historic memorandum of understanding (MoU) at a ceremony held in Dubai, which was attended by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, UAEFA President Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi and IFA President Oren Hasson.
Among several joint activities, the MoU will see the organisation of friendly matches for national teams and clubs, the establishment of joint workshops for the technical and administrative members of the two associations, as well as the launch of development initiatives that contribute to supporting the game in the two countries.