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Leeds United offer to help Afghan girl's football team trying to escape Taliban rule

By Amreen
Around 32 players have been offered places on Leeds United's youth development teams
Around 32 players have been offered places on Leeds United's youth development teams / OLI SCARFF/Getty Images
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Leeds United are hoping to offer a spot to the Afghan girl's football team who are seeking refugee visas as they look to avoid persecution by the Taliban back home.

The girls are currently in Pakistan on 30-day visas, but will soon be forced to return to their home country to face atrocities at the hands of their new rulers.

But they have been offered hope by Leeds' chairman, Andrea Radrizzani, who said the Premier League club are willing to offer the girls "a prosperous and peaceful future".

The charity 'Football for Peace' and global venture company ROKiT have written to Britain PM Boris Johnson in an attempt to secure visas for the 32 players. Football for Peace founder Kashif Siddiqi, a former Pakistan international, stated: "The race is on to find them a permanent safe haven."

The Taliban announced ealier this month that Afghan women would be barred from playing sport because "their face and body will not be covered". The country's newly picked deputy culture minister Ahmadullah Wasiq said: "I don't think women will be allowed to play cricket because it is not necessary that women should play cricket.

"In cricket, they might face a situation where their face and body will not be covered. Islam does not allow women to be seen like this. Islam and the Islamic Emirate [Afghanistan] do not allow women to play cricket or play the kind of sports where they get exposed."

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