FIFA evacuates 100 refugees from Kabul including women football players

FIFA has helped evacuate nearly 100 refugees from Afghanistan — including women football players — The Independent understands.

The group of mainly women and girls left Kabul on Thursday on a flight bound for Doha.

FIFA was helped with the rescue plan by the Qatari government, which worked closely with them to secure the escape.

A source close to the operation said: “The group has now landed in Doha and are pleased to be safe.

“This has been a long negotiation since August to get the group out.”

It is understood FIFA will continue to try and secure safe passage for more players and their families from Afghanistan, which fell under Taliban control in August.

It is not yet clear where the group, which is not exclusively comprised of football players, will go from Doha.

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