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FIFA’s vice-president said it was “extremely concerned” by footage appearing to show the women’s Under-20 team in DR Congo sharing cocaine, alcohol and naked selfies on social media
FIFA’s vice-president said on Saturday it was “extremely concerned” by footage appearing to show the women’s Under-20 team in DR Congo sharing cocaine, alcohol and naked selfies on social media.
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Vyacheslav Koloskov, the current vice-president of world football’s governing body, said it was in a “strong position” to deal with any similar incidents in future and urged those in charge of the team to report any wrongdoing.
“The footage which appeared on social media was extremely concerning,” Koloskov said in a statement. “FIFA has to work closely with the coach, the players and other stakeholders and jointly with the domestic authorities to ensure a safe environment for these young players, in this case the women’s U20 national team.
“It is in a strong position to deal with this sort of incident in the future and it is important that any such issues are reported at all levels of the organisation and proper action is taken, including consequences for individuals involved.”
The footage was filmed on Friday in the DR Congo city of Kinshasa during a training session. It emerged shortly after Poland advanced to the knockout phase of the Under-20 World Cup in France.