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Sri Lankan High Commission writes to CONIFA objecting to inclusion of Tamil Eelam in World Cup

The Sri Lankan High Commission in London has written to the Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA), objecting to the inclusion of Tamil Eelam in its World Football Cup tournament.

CONIFA is the football federation for all associations outside FIFA and describes itself as a global non-profit organization that supports representatives of international football teams from nations, de-facto nations, regions, minority peoples and sports isolated territories.

This year’s CONIFA World Football Cup in London, backed by a well-known international sponsor, has received widespread coverage in mainstream international media, with Tamil Eelam playing the opener.

Denying the existence of a territory called Tamil Eelam, the Acting High Commissioner, said “the people of Sri Lanka are building a reconciled and united Sri Lanka. Therefore, the inclusion of this separatist group in your tournament will only sow discord among communities of Sri Lankans living in the UK, Europe and Sri Lanka as well.”