World Cup 2022: Gianni Infantino and FIFA ruin teams’ preparations for Qatar tournament – The Observer
We begin the UK press tour from The Observer and a report by Jonathan Wilson on the speech by the President of the International Football Association – FIFA – Gianni Infantino on the eve of the start of the World Cup in Qatar.
The author denounces that FIFA sent a letter last week to the associations of the 32 national teams participating in the tournament, urging them to “focus on football” and ensure that these teams “do not engage in political or ideological struggles”.
And that’s fine, according to the newspaper, as long as you’re not gay, a woman, a migrant worker, a pro-democracy supporter, a pro-democracy supporter, a person of conscience, or anyone Infantino claimed – in his Saturday speech – to portray , which is a “ridiculously hypocritical” speech.
The author of the article says: This is the same FIFA President who spoke at the G20 summit in Bali and called for a ceasefire in Ukraine during the World Cup, as if unaware that Ukraine had recently recaptured Kherson, and that any Ending the war is now in the interests of Russia and Vladimir Putin.
Coincidentally, Infantino is the person who was awarded the “Order of Friendship” by Putin almost a year after Russia hosted the 2018 World Cup.
In an ideal world, the author points out, teams would appear refreshed and balanced. There would have been a break after the domestic season, so the teams would have had two weeks together to prepare well. Some teams have done this, but a player in England, Germany, Italy, France, Portugal or the Netherlands only had a week, which of course is not enough.
It’s true that many teams played at either the European Championships or the Copa America last summer or the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year, so for some the preparations are pretty much complete. But since then, teams have had little opportunity to experiment or make changes.
In conclusion, he tells the author of his article that FIFA has thwarted the sport it is responsible for managing and protecting.
Peace between Russia and Ukraine
In the Sunday Times, Mark Galeotti wrote under the headline: “Now is not the time to talk about peace between Russia and Ukraine.” The accidental crash of a Ukrainian missile on a Polish village, killing two, showed many Opinions West, as some used the incident to urge more aid, the Ukrainian military, while others used it to call for dialogue.
A few days ago, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy presented a ten-point peace plan to the G-20 summit in Bali, which the Russian Foreign Minister rejected as “unrealistic and inappropriate”.
While there is no room for movement on the surface, that hasn’t stopped some in the West from believing the time is right for an accord.
Galeotti says: Those who hold this view argue that, as the Polish incident showed, the risk of an unintended escalation increases as the war continues, adding in his analysis of the scene: “It seems that Vladimir Putin always still believes that Zelenskyy is nothing more than a puppet in the hands of Washington and that all real talks are being conducted with the Americans.
However, William Burns, Director of the CIA, met only formally with Sergei Naryshkin, the head of Russia’s foreign intelligence service, last Monday in Ankara to discuss nuclear security and prisoner exchanges. In part, this was just to de-escalate tensions, but Moscow seems hopeful of being able to create a framework for the talks, at least around the talks.
In this context, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is urging for an important role, recognizing the status and effectiveness that the success of mediation will bestow on him, and Macron commended him for “playing a useful role in this regard . “
As for the Ukrainian side, it has been enjoying military momentum lately and fears that a ceasefire will be in the interests of the Russian side, which will try to rearm its soldiers.
Putin is betting on prolonging the war and doubling the costs and risks for the West, hoping he can endure more given Western support for Ukraine.
The author concludes that Kyiv is confident that it will make further progress and thwart Putin’s attempts to use the reservists mobilized in the spring to regain control of the battlefield. In Zelenskyy’s view, there will one day be time for talks, but only when Putin is at his most desperate.
Climate conferences desperately need a “change”
The COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh is full of petty debates mixed with rampant anger over how to deal with climate change, as has always been the case at these conferences.
But on one point most participants in this edition of the conferences agreed that the conference, which takes place over two weeks under the auspices of the United Nations, is in dire need of a new edition.
The newspaper adds that there is frustration because the conference system has not provided the minimum level to achieve its main goal, which is to reduce greenhouse gases.
The newspaper quotes Tom Reffet, a former United Nations climate official: “The parties’ conferences were conceived in the interest of a country agreement, which took place in 2015. What the world needs now is action to reduce emissions. and therefore these conferences are not suitable to achieve the goal.”
This type of conference goes back to the first version of the Conference of the Parties, which is part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The promises made at COP26, hosted by the UK in Glasgow, such as reducing methane emissions by 30 per cent by 2030, are the same promises made at the Sharm el-Sheikh conference.
The report’s author adds that this gap between promise and reality stimulates a group of welcome ideas to achieve more scientific rigor and accountability for the commitments of the parties attending the conference, as many people would like to see official scientific guidelines on their numbers B , electric cars will be needed in a year or how much methane should be saved and when.
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