sport news Leeds United take on the Taliban by offering help to Afghan girls' football ...

sport news Leeds United take on the Taliban by offering help to Afghan girls' football ...
sport news Leeds United take on the Taliban by offering help to Afghan girls' football ...
Leeds United take on the Taliban by offering help to Afghan girls' football squad trying to escape Afghanistan's brutal new government Some 32 players offered places on Leeds United's youth development teams They are in Pakistan with their families on 30-day visas, hoping to reach the UK  Leeds boss Andrea Radrizzani said club could 'give the girls a prosperous future'

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Dozens of female Afghan football players are pleading for safe passage to Britain after being offered the chance to train with Leeds United. 

Some 32 players and their families and coaches are currently in Pakistan on 30-day visas, but will soon be forced to return to their home country, which has been overtaken by the archaic Taliban

But they have been offered a sliver of hope after Leeds United offered to place all the girls on its youth development teams. 

Chairman Andrea Radrizzani said his club stood ready to 'give the girls a prosperous and peaceful future'. 

Football For Peace is now fighting to get the 112-strong group to the UK so they can avoid having to suffer life under the Taliban - which has effectively forbidden women from playing sport.  

The charity has written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ask for visas for all the young women and their families and coaches.  

Co-founder of the charity Kashif Siddiqi, a Pakistani international, said: 'The race is on to find them a permanent safe haven.' 

Some 32 Afghan players and their families and coaches (pictured) are currently in Pakistan on 30-day visas, but will soon be forced to return to their home country, which has been overtaken by the Taliban

Some 32 Afghan players and their families and coaches (pictured) are currently in Pakistan on 30-day visas, but will soon be forced to return to their home country, which has been overtaken by the Taliban

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