By Angu Lesley
Players of FC Barcelona and SSC Napoli of Cameroon’s Andre Frank Zambo Anguissa took a bold step by speaking against the ongoing confrontation between Russia and Ukraine provoked by the former.
Though Zambo wasn’t part of the Napoli squad as he continues his recovery from an injury, he watched his mates carry the banner indicating STOP WAR.
Goals from Barcelona’s Jordi Alba, Frankie De Jong, Gerard Pique and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang had just Napoli two replies from Lorenzo Insigne and substitute Matteo Politano as the visitors picked up a 4-2 victory at the Diego Maradona Stadium to progress the Europa League last 16.
Images of the gesture at the Diego Maradona overshadowed the brilliant Barcelona display on the night as the World watch in disbelieve as Russia through president Vladimir Putin ups attempts to humiliate Ukraine with escalating attacks leading to killings.
The move from both clubs comes barely hours after FIFA president Gianni Infantino wrote a touching message about the dramatic twist.
“Violence is never a solution and we call on all parties to restore peace through constructive dialogue. FIFA continues to express solidarity to people affected,” Infantino weighed in knowing Russia are scheduled to host the Czech Republic in a World Cup play-offs semi-final on March 24, while Ukraine are expected to trek to Scotland for the same event.
“Football is not the priority but FIFA has a duty to look at the consequences to look at what is happening. We continue to monitor the situation. We will update on the World Cup qualifiers soon. We can take decisions immediately as soon as its needed,” Infantino added.
The growing attacks has caused a number of setbacks in the football industry with the most being UEFA’s imminent decision to take away the men’s Champions League final from the Russian city of Saint Petersburg.
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