Fatma Samoura

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Fatma Samoura
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FIFA Secretary-General
Assumed office
20 June 2016 [1]
Preceded by Markus Kattner (acting)
Personal details
Born (1962-09-09) 9 September 1962 (age 56) [2]
Nationality Senegalese

Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura (born 9 September 1962 in Senegal) is a Senegalese former diplomat and senior executive. She was appointed as the first female Secretary General of FIFA by President Gianni Infantino on 13 May 2016 [3] and assumed her post on 20 June 2016. [1] Previously she worked in various positions at the United Nations. In 2018 Forbes ranked her Number 1 in their Most Powerful Women in International Sports list [4] and the BBC listed her as one of their 100 women. [5]

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Within months of landing the job, a controversy erupted in the United Kingdom over the rules forbidding the wearing of remembrance poppy symbols by players. Samoura declared on 3 November 2016 that England, Scotland and Wales would be punished if they wore the poppy on Remembrance Day, as FIFA classes it as a political symbol. "Britain is not the only country that has been suffering as a result of war", she said. "Syria is an example. My own [African] continent has been torn by war for years. The only question is 'why are we doing exceptions for just one country and not the rest of the world?'" UK Prime Minister Theresa May condemned FIFA and told Parliament that Samoura's decision was "utterly outrageous". [10] [11]

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