FIFA President Gianni Infantino has sent a letter to the President of Thailand's soccer association, officially inviting the young Thai soccer players now trapped in a cave to the World Cup final if they are rescued in time and well enough to make the journey.
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The Thai soccer team that has been trapped in a cave for nearly two weeks will be invited to the World Cup final if they are successfully rescued from their ordeal. It also extended sympathy with the boys and the coach and solidarity with all Thais for a successful operation.
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Rescue workers now face a race against time to free the boys and their coach.
The letter says the team's appearance at the final would "undoubtedly be a wonderful moment of communion and celebration".
Many people said the boys deserved the World Cup trophy for the way they have handled their ordeal.
Infantino wrote a letter to the Thai Football Association, offering the support of the footballing world before asking if the boys would like to accompany him to the coveted event.More news: YouTube stars have died after falling into a waterfall pool in Canada
In this July 3, 2018, image taken from video provided by the Royal Thai Navy Facebook Page, Thai boys smile as Thai Navy Seal medic help injured children inside a cave in Mae Sai, northern Thailand. "We have limited amount of time".
The invitation comes as a former navy SEAL died today attempting to rescue the group and their football coach. But on Thursday, authorities told ABC News they are no longer pursuing that option amid concerns that something could go awry or the boys could panic underwater.
The Thai footballers, aged 11-16, have been stuck in darkness deep underground after setting off to explore the cave with their 25-year-old coach after training on June 23.More news: Sacha Baron Cohen is coming for Donald Trump and we can't wait