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Sports Iraq: FIFA President, Infantino Reacts to Football Pitch Bombing

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino expressed shock and sadness on Saturday at a suicide attack that ripped through a trophy ceremony after a local football tournament in Iraq, killing 41 people with over 100 injured.

“I’m shocked and terribly saddened to have learnt about the awful tragedy which occurred yesterday at a football game,” Infantino said in a statement.

The bomber detonated his suicide vest late Friday afternoon as local officials were handing trophies to the players after a tournament in the Iraqi village of Al-Asriya, which lies near Iskandariyah, a town about 40 kilometres (25 miles) south of Baghdad.

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The attack, claimed by the Islamic State group, killed 32 people – nearly half of them boys aged 10 to 16 – and injured 104 others.

Infantino, who took over as FIFA leader in February, stressed that “around the world, football unites people.”

“It is a very sad day when people going to a match together become the victims of such violence,” he said.
 
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