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Australian government backs Fifa’s decision to deny Saudi Arabian sponsorship of Women’s World Cup

The federal sports minister, Anika Wells, has backed Fifa’s decision not to make Saudi Arabia’s tourism board a major sponsor of the women’s World Cup in Australia, saying she was “thrilled” that focus wouldn’t be detracted from the event itself.

Human rights and football organisations praised the move to not progress the sponsorship, after concerns were raised about Saudi Arabia’s human rights record, and oppression of women and LGBTQ+ people.
Josh Butler