Zahir Belounis, the suicidal footballer entrapped in Qatar, writes emotional letter to Zinedine Zidane & Pep Guardiola pleading for help
On Tuesday a shocking and sad news of a French footballer who was entrapped in Qatar came to the surface.
The French footballer has now written a letter to French football ambassadors Zinedine Zidane and Spain's Pep Guardiola – who both campaigned for Qatar 2022 World Cup bid -, in a desperate plea for help, that one can only hope isn’t seen as too onerous on the pair, and reaches the global audience it’s surely intended for.
Read Belounis’ moving letter below:
Mr Zidane and Mr Guardiola,
My name is Zahir Belounis and I am a French professional footballer.
After a legal dispute with my club, I am being prevented from returning home to France.
I haven’t seen my family in France since June 2012 because my employer refuses to give me the exit visa needed to leave the country. This is a special document that only exists in this country and Saudi Arabia.
I am not alone in this predicament. Many workers who are to build the stadiums for the 2022 World Cup risk finding themselves in the same situation as me.
When someone suggested that I write to you, I figured that you have been great footballers but also great men so I would appeal to you to use your renown to intervene, or try to intervene, to end the impasse.
Read the full Zahir's full letter to Pep and Zidane here: 101greatgoals