Offbeat Thai cave survivors unable to attend World Cup final, says FIFA

22:55  10 july  2018
22:55  10 july  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

FIFA President Gianni Infantino Invites Trapped Thai Soccer Team to World Cup Final

  FIFA President Gianni Infantino Invites Trapped Thai Soccer Team to World Cup Final The 13 members of a Thai youth soccer team currently trapped deep inside a flooded cave have been invited by FIFA president Gianni Infantino to attend the World Cup final in Moscow later this month. “On behalf of the international football community, I would like to join you in expressing my deepest sympathies and support to the families of the players and coach, as well as my solidarity with the people of Thailand at this time of great concern,” Infantino wrote in a letter to the Thai Football Association.

MOSCOW – The youth soccer team rescued from a cave in Thailand will be unable to accept FIFA 's invitation to attend the World Cup final . " FIFA 's priority remains the health of everyone involved in the operation," the governing body said .

The president of Fifa has invited the 12 boys and their football coach trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand to attend the World Cup Final in Moscow - if they are rescued in time.

The World Cup trophy © Getty Images The World Cup trophy The Thai football team rescued from a cave after 17 days underground will not attend the World Cup final due to medical reasons, says FIFA.

The 12 boys and their coach were trapped following heavy rain in northern Thailand on June 23 but their rescue has now been completed.

However, ex-Navy SEAL diver Saman Kunan died during the rescue effort.

It had been suggested the boys, members of the Wild Boars Football Club, could be invited to watch the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday.

Governing body FIFA confirmed it will meet the Football Association of Thailand but the team will not be able to attend the game.

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  France's Paul Pogba Dedicates World Cup Semifinal Win to Rescued Thai Soccer Team Paul Pogba dedicated France's 1–0 win over Belgium in the World Cup semifinals on Tuesday to the rescued Thai youth soccer team. Twelve boys and their coach were rescued after being trapped in a cave during an 18-day ordeal that left a Thai navy SEAL dead. The rescue mission brought attention from across the globe and international aid to the mission. The team became trapped in the cave after exploring it after a soccer practice and it became flooded by monsoon rains.

The president of Fifa has invited the 12 boys and their football coach trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand to attend the World Cup Final in Moscow - if they are rescued in time. Thai authorities are still weighing up different options to free the young footballers in Chiang Rai

The young footballers had been invited by Fifa to attend the World Cup Final in Moscow on Sunday. But their attendance was always a long shot, given the

"FIFA would like to express its great joy at the news of the rescue of the 12 young footballers and their coach," a statement released to Omnisport on Tuesday read.

"We would like to convey our profound gratitude to all persons involved in the rescue operation, which unfortunately took the life of one of the divers. Our thoughts are with his family.

"We have been informed by the Football Association of Thailand that due to medical reasons, the boys will not be in a position to travel to Moscow for the World Cup final.

"FIFA's priority remains the health of everyone involved in the operation and we will look into finding a new opportunity to invite the boys to a FIFA event to share with them a moment of communion and celebration.

"We can also confirm that a meeting with the Football Association of Thailand is scheduled to take place in Moscow around the World Cup final."

Manchester United invites Thai cave survivors to Old Trafford .
The members of the Wild Boars Football Club who were rescued from a Thai cave have been invited to watch Manchester United.The 12 boys and their coach became trapped in the cave system after heavy rain in northern Thailand on June 23, and the mission to bring them back to the surface has gripped the world's attention.

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