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Posted On: 16 April 2020 10:53 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 09:11 am

Qatari football players supporting efforts to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis

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A number of Qatar football teams players announced today an initiative to contribute to support the efforts being made against the coronavirus (COVID-19). Al-Sadd players Hassan Al Haydos, Abdul Karim Hassan and Saad Al Dosari, Al Rayyan players Abdulaziz Hatem and Saoud Al Hajri, Al Gharafa player Mahdi Ali, Al Duhail players Bassam Al Rawi, Assim Madibo and Moez Ali, and Al Arabi player Ahmed Fathi waived part of their salaries in favor of the country's efforts to combat the coronavirus, which has been classified by the World Health Organisation as a pandemic.

Al-Sadd player and captain of the first Qatari team Hassan Al Haydos said that everyone knows the great ordeal that the country and the whole world are going through during the current period with the spread of the coronavirus, saying "Out of my sense of responsibility towards my dear country, I announce waiving part of my salary to express through this my support to all the efforts that are being made to address this pandemic, and I have informed the Qatar Players Association to take the necessary measures to reach an agreement in this regard."

He added that what he did could not be compared to the sacrifices made by the official cadres in the State, especially the medical ones, 'as they stand in the first ranks to fight this scourge, which I hope Allah will end it sooner rather than later'.

For his part, Saad Al Dosari, while praising the step of his colleague Al Haydos, announced that he will waive part of his salary, considering that an obligatory step for them as players, in order to stand with everyone during the current ordeal.

Al Dosary said that he had contacted the Qatar Players Association to accomplish the official steps in this matter, hoping that this crisis would end and life return to normal, and that the players would return to playing football as soon as possible.

On Tuesday, April 14, 2020, the Qatar Football Association (QFA) announced that based on the circular issued by the Qatar Olympic Committee No. 9 for the year 2020, it will extend the suspension of all local sporting activities from April 15 until April 30.

The Qatar Football Association has decided to stop all football matches, in addition to other local football competitions that are organized by the Qatar Football Association until April 30.

This decision comes within the framework of the efforts and measures taken by the state to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in order to ensure the safety of players, fans and administrative staff.

The initiative was not limited to national team captain Hassan Al Haydos and goalkeeper Saad Al Shaib, as Abdulaziz Hatem, Qatar national team and Al Rayyan player, announced the reduction of his monthly salary, given the current circumstances the world is going through due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He said that the reduction comes as an initiative from him, and stems from his feeling of responsibility in front of the requirements of the current situation, and his appreciation of the officials and those in charge of sport, hoping that this pandemic will disappear, and the football activity will return in various countries of the world.

Also, Abdul Karim Hassan, Qatar national team and Al Sadd player, stressed that this is a duty that everyone must fulfill, out of a sense of responsibility towards a country that has given us so much, adding:

"I have informed the Qatar Players Association of my decision, and I hope that everyone is fine, and the situation will pass quickly."

Furthermore, Al Mahdi Ali, Qatar national team and Al Gharafa player, announced joining the national team's captain Hassan Al Haydos' initiative and announced his abdication of part of his salary to support the efforts being made in the face of the coronavirus.

Bassam Al Rawi, Qatar national team and Al Duhail player, hailed the initiative, stressing the importance of solidarity among all. He said:

"I have the honor to join this initiative, and agree to reduce my salary...I have already contacted the Qatar Players Association of my decision to take the necessary steps in this regard."

Al Rawi underscored that everybody must support in light of these difficult circumstances in football, to help the clubs face the consequences of this epidemic.

Moreover, Ahmed Fathi, Qatar national team and Al Arabi player, announced joining the initiative by giving up part of his salary to contribute to support and bearing part of the responsibility towards society and the country. He said:

"I consider this initiative a duty as everyone needs to come together to overcome the current conditions."

He pointed out that he informed the Qatar Players Association of his decision to take action.

Assim Madibo, Qatar national team and Al Duhail player, said that as a result of the circumstances that football is going through in light of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, I announce joining the initiative that some players have adopted to give up part of the salary, to help face the current circumstance.

Source: QNA