Qatar has made use of former Barcelona and Spain captain Xavi Hernandez to represent them during a video where he called for an end to the Gulf and Arab boycott of Qatar.
Dutch football twins Frank and Ronald de Boer as well as former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas made similar calls in recent days.
Last week, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and others cut diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar after accusing it of supporting terrorist groups.
“During this month of Ramadan, I would like to call for the end of crisis in the Arab world and the end of the blockade against Qatar. It is affecting many people; families, and also football and sport. I hope there will be a solution soon so people can live in peace and enjoy football together,” Xavi, who currently plays as a central midfielder for Qatari club Al Sadd, said.
Xavi’s Spanish compatriot Casillas also made similar calls, saying children should be above and beyond any political conflict. “Don't block Qatar,” he tweeted.
Children should be above and beyond any political conflict. Don't block #qatar— Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) June 12, 2017
The former international football stars focused on the terms “blockade” during their videos in an attempt to gain sympathy from the international community, despite the fact that no siege has been placed on the country. Qatar, which owns ports and airports, are still receiving food and citizens can travel to all countries around the world except for countries that have declared economic sanction against Qatar.