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FIFA Urges World Cup Sides To Focus On Football Not Politics

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Competition begins in Qatar on 20th November

FIFA has written to all 32 nations taking part in the World Cup, urging them not to get involved in any political controversies - and just focus on football.

Host country, Qatar has faced heavy criticism for its stance on same-sex relationships, and its human rights record.

The letter asks for the sport not to be "dragged into every ideological or political battle that exists".

Journalist  Jacquie Beltrao believes it will fall on deaf ears:

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