FIFA says it is “deeply concerned” by a video showing the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s National Under-20 Women’s soccer team training in the middle of a busy dirt road before a World Cup qualifying game last month.
The video, which shows players performing a passing drill as motorbikes and cars drive by, was shared on Twitter by the global soccer players’ union FIFPRO.
FIFPRO said FECOFA, the Congolese Federation of Football Association, failed to book pitch time for the team before they trained on the dirt road on September 25 and also failed to pay for hotel rooms for the players on October 12, forcing them to sleep outside in their tracksuits.
“Player welfare is a top priority for FIFA and we have taken immediate steps with authorities in the country, including FECOFA, to guarantee the safety and welfare of all players involved,” FIFA said in a statement to CNN.
—FIFPRO (@FIFPRO) October 14, 2021
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