(Reuters) – Actuality star Kim Kardashian and Leeds United soccer membership proprietor Andrea Radrizzani helped former Afghanistan captain Khalida Popal in flying 130 Afghan ladies soccer gamers and their households from Pakistan to Britain on Thursday.
Copenhagen-based Popal has spearheaded evacuation efforts for feminine athletes from Afghanistan following the nation’s Taliban takeover in August.
Popal mentioned in a tweet https://twitter.com/khalida_popal/standing/1461241943539732480 that Kardashian and her shapewear model paid for the constitution flight, which included teenage gamers. Radrizzani mentioned “we’re honoured to have performed our half” within the efforts in an announcement on Twitter.
The hassle was additionally aided by New York Rabbi Moshe Margaretten, Popal mentioned.
“Thanks @KimKardashian and @SKIMS from the underside of my coronary heart for generously donating all of the funds for this flight,” Popal tweeted https://twitter.com/khalida_popal/standing/1461389877514227715.
Popal, who was recognised by world soccer gamers’ union FIFPRO for her rescue efforts, additionally thanked Radrizzani.
“Thanks @andrearadri it is an honor and privilege working alongside with you and your nice and type folks. We’re stronger collectively,” she tweeted https://twitter.com/khalida_popal/standing/1461388917048061952.
Soccer’s world governing physique FIFA mentioned in October the evacuation of a second group of 57 refugees from Afghanistan linked to ladies’s soccer and basketball, comprising primarily ladies and kids, had been accomplished after negotiations.
Earlier this yr, Australia evacuated greater than 50 feminine Afghan athletes and their dependents after lobbying by distinguished figures from the sporting world, whereas a number of gamers from Afghanistan’s nationwide feminine youth soccer squad have been granted asylum in Portugal.
Taliban officers have mentioned they won’t repeat the tough rule of their earlier authorities, which banned most ladies’ training and forbade ladies from going out in public with no male guardian.
(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Ana Nicolaci da Costa)