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World Cup: England and Netherlands meets migrant workers, Sadio Mane ruled from the tournament, and Infantino to continue as FIFA president

Let’s see some of the news around the FIFA World Cup 2022.


Sadio Mane was ruled out of World Cup due to injury

Due to his injury, Sadio Mane will not compete in the 2022 World Cup, according to Senegal.

Senegal said they would likely be without Sadio Mane for the first few games of the World Cup. However, the Bayern Munich forward was still selected for the team despite original expectations that he would miss the competition.

However, Senegal has admitted defeat in their attempts to get Mane back fit and has formally ruled him out of the tournament.

The team doctor, Manuel Afonso, stated, “Sadly, today’s MRI scan shows us that the evolution of the injury is not as favourable as we had thought. We unfortunately have to declare Sadio’s withdrawal from the World Cup.”

High-ranking authorities even claimed they planned to engage a witch doctor to aid the Bayern forward’s recovery. Senegal has already acknowledged that they were ready to do whatever it took to get Mane back in time, but their efforts have been ineffective.

Following his team’s 6-1 victory over Werder Bremen on November 8, Mane was found to have what Bayern termed as an injury to the head of his right fibula. Still, the German team had initially believed that Mane’s problem was little more than a knock.

England & Netherlands squad meets migrant workers

The Football Association decided to organize a training session with migrant workers at England’s Al Wakrah facility as one of FIFA’s “Community Engagement Events.”

Penalties were taken by both the players and workers – who the FA surprised by giving them category A tickets to England’s Group B opener against Iran on Monday.

“We’ve talked about it as a team, gotten together. Asa team we had a word about it in meetings,” Three Lions center-back Coady said.

“We honestly feel that football is for everyone,” he added. “That is what we believe as a team, individuals, and players. On that, we want to concentrate.”

The tweet below includes photographs from the Dutch national team’s open training session with migrant workers.

As paraphrased and translated by the Liverpool Echo, de Jong stated to the Dutch publication AD.NL, “It was special for them (migrant workers), but it was also special for us.”

“It energizes and delights us. Some so many visitors, there needed to be more time for a private conversation. One man insisted that I join Liverpool. We enjoyed doing this.”

Gianni Infantino will be re-elected as FIFA president unopposed

Gianni Infantino, the current president of Fifa, will run unopposed for re-election to a third term in office.

In February 2016, the 52-year-old Swiss-Italian became the head of football’s governing body. He was re-elected in 2019.

According to Fifa, only Infantino has been nominated by its member organizations “after the call for election” in March 2022.

He will be re-elected on March 16, 2023, in Kigali, Rwanda, at the 73rd Fifa Congress.

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