Foot­ball fans score a visa waiver to Fifa Club World Cup

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Mex­i­can foot­ball fans have scored a visa waiver to cheer on their na­tion’s top side at the Fifa Club World Cup in the UAE in De­cem­ber.

The UAE Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and In­ter­na­tional Co-op­er­a­tion and the Sec­re­tary of For­eign Af­fairs of Mex­ico signed a visa-free travel agree­ment to en­cour­age fans to make the trip from Latin Amer­ica to the Mid­dle East in sup­port of Mex­ico’s Liga MX cham­pi­ons, C D Guadala­jara.

The show­piece tour­na­ment, fea­tur­ing seven club cham­pi­ons from around the world, will kick off on De­cem­ber 12.

De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Real Madrid will be favourites to re­tain their crown, while Al Ain FC will rep­re­sent the UAE.

Aref Al Awani, tour­na­ment di­rec­tor of the lo­cal or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, said Mex­i­cans were known for their love of foot­ball and the visa waiver would en­sure more pas­sion­ate fans could at­tend the tour­na­ment.

“We look for­ward to wel­com­ing even more fans to Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the UAE in De­cem­ber,” Mr Al Awani said.

CD Guadala­jara will play in the quar­ter fi­nals in Al Ain on De­cem­ber 15.

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