EM – Kim Kardashian and Leeds United help Afghan female soccer players reach the UK

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A representative from Kim Kardashian told the PA news agency that the flight was funded by her and her SKIMS brand.

Members of the Afghan women’s youth football team were evacuated during an evacuation flight funded by US star Kim Kardashian flew to Great Britain.

According to the ROKiT Foundation, the 35 soccer players and their families, a total of 130 people, arrived at Stansted Airport in east London in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The troop had been out since their escape Afghanistan was in Pakistan on a 30-day temporary visa after the Taliban took over the country, but risked being sent back after the asylum period if no other country was willing to take in.

But a charter flight brought them to the UK, where they will spend 10 days of coronavirus quarantine in a hotel before starting their new life.

A representative from Ka rdashian, best known as the star of reality television, told the UK news agency that the flight was funded by her and her SKIMS brand Afghanistan organized, said she was “extremely humble at the courage of these girls”.

“That inspired us to ensure that their efforts to cross the border are not in vain,” she added / p> Since their return to power on August 15, the Taliban have been saying that women are allowed to play football, but only under strict conditions, namely excluding the public game.

Leeds United is one of the organizations that supports the in Helping footballers arriving in England, led by their brave former captain Khalida Popal, have landed safely in the UK after extensive efforts by a number of partners nd are grateful that the UK government made their resettlement possible in the UK. “

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He added, “This demonstrates the power of football and sport in general as a force for good and shows how the football community is able to work together and mobilize for life to save.

“Through the Play for Change Charitable Trust and Leeds United we are ready to support the girls and their families in building an inclusive and successful future. We can’t wait to see them play soccer again. ”

A UK government spokesman said:“ Like others we have brought to the UK from Afghanistan, the Afghan girls’s soccer team is warmly welcomed, supported and accommodated. ”</ The Islamist Taliban banned women from participating in sports or even attending a game when they last ruled Afghanistan from 1996 until the 2001 US-led invasion that followed the September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda attack on the United States followed.

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