Sportsman / The Saudi and Italian Football Associations in “Rome” sign a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance their cooperation in developing the game The Saudi Press Agency

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Riyadh Rabi` Al-Awwal 10, 1442 AH, corresponding to October 27, 2020 AD
In the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, Minister of Sports and Chairman of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee, the Saudi and Italian Football Associations today signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen sports relations between the two countries, through the development and manufacture of modern football.
The signing ceremony of the bilateral agreement between the two parties took place today, at the headquarters of the Italian Football Federation in the capital, Rome, between the President of the Saudi Football Association, Yasser Al-Mishal, and the President of the Italian Federation, Gabriel Gravina, in the presence of the Secretary General of the Italian Federation, Marco Brunelli, and the Head of the Women’s Football Department Italy Ludovica Mantovani.
The MoU is based on the principle of strengthening cooperation between the two friendly countries, by developing football as an engine for growth within and outside the sports sector, and this includes technical support to qualify coaches, referees and sport managers, and organize major tournaments.
On this occasion, His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal said in a press statement after the signing of the agreement: “In light of the unlimited support the sports sector in the Kingdom finds from our wise leadership, we are happy today to witness this fruitful cooperation, God willing, between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. And the friendly Republic of Italy, for the sake of joint sports programs to develop football and contribute to transforming it into a promising industry that serves the two countries, now and more than ever, countries with common aspirations need to join their efforts, and this agreement is nothing but a nucleus for the future, which will deepen our relationship further And developing a partnership based on trust, respect and hope for a bright future. “
The president of the Saudi Football Association, Yasser Al-Mashal, said: “In recent years, we have established a very successful business relationship with the Italian Football Federation, thanks to close cooperation and positive experience in organizing the Italian Super Cup in the Kingdom during the years 2018 and 2019, and the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding today accelerates The pace of this cooperation, in order to generate a set of new opportunities to develop football to the highest possible level for all players, of all ages and groups. “
In turn, the President of the Italian Football Federation, Gabriel Gravina, said in a press statement: “Football is an ideal means for development and innovation, and this effective partnership touches every field of growth in the development process, including women’s football, and its success will go beyond the limits of sport, and I would like to express a personal thanks. To the Saudi Football Association, for their interest and support for the game in Italy, and I am confident that this cooperation will achieve great benefits for the football community in both countries.
It is noteworthy that the signing ceremony came after the conclusion of a full day of meaningful meetings and discussions, which were conducted in accordance with strict safety protocols to prevent the “Covid-19” virus, and were supervised by officials of the Italian Football Association.
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