Rescuers lines up to enter Tham Luang Nang Non cave to continue rescue operation on July 05, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand. The 12 boys and their soccer coach have been found alive in the cave where they’ve been for over a week after rains blocked the entrance. (Getty Images)
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has sent a letter to the President of Thailand’s soccer association, officially inviting the young Thai soccer players currently trapped in a cave to the World Cup final if they are rescued in time and well enough to make the journey.
“We have been anxiously following the news of the rescue operation in the search for 12 young footballers and their coach in a flooded cave in northern Thailand’s Chiang Rai province since 23 June 2018, and are now greatly relieved to hear the good news that they have been found by the rescue team,” writes Infantino in the letter.
The FIFA President goes on to offer his “deepest sympathies and support to the families of the players and coach.”
“If, as we all hope, they are reunited with their families in the coming days and their health allows them to travel, FIFA would be delighted to invite them to attend the 2018 World Cup final in Moscow as our guests.”