Football officials trying to evacuate Afghan players

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Football officials are liaising with governments to effort to evacuate players from Afghanistan aft the Taliban regained control, the satellite players' national said.

Concerns person been raised astir the information of pistillate players who person spoken up for women's rights and against the Taliban.

"As a champion of activists, we are greatly acrophobic astir those athletes who have, for galore years, been outspoken advocates for improved quality rights successful the country," satellite players' national FIFPRO said connected Twitter. "Over the past fewer days, FIFPRO has been liaising with governments to found an evacuation program for athletes astatine risk. Central to this rescue effort, is the ambition to bring arsenic galore radical to information arsenic possible."

The Afghan authorities fell overmuch faster than publically anticipated by the United States, allowing the Taliban to instrumentality backmost power of Kabul connected Sunday aft 20 years.

Multiple radical were killed erstwhile hundreds of Afghan civilians hopeless to permission the state swarmed a C-17 cargo level arsenic it was attempting to instrumentality disconnected from Kabul airdrome connected Monday. The U.S. Air Force said quality remains were recovered successful the plane's instrumentality good aft it landed astatine al-Udeid Air Base successful the Gulf authorities of Qatar.

A teenage antheral footballer is reported to person been among the victims, according to a station by Afghanistan's sports federation connected a verified Facebook page. Tributes person been paid much widely.

Zaki Anwari is seen successful these images posted to Facebook by Afghanistan's General Directorate of Physical Education and Sports. (Supplied)

"FIFA has been shocked and saddened by the tragic decease of Zaki Anwari, a erstwhile under-17 Afghanistan nationalist younker squad player," satellite soccer's governing assemblage said successful a statement. "Our deepest condolences are with Zaki's household and loved ones."

Calling the concern " unstable and precise worrying," FIFA said it was successful interaction with the Afghanistan Football Federation and was receiving updates from players.

"We are supporting them done this hard time," FIFA said.

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