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Spirit of FIFA turns UNSC into friendly football pitch

IANS  |  United Nations 

The angry rhetoric and the blame-throwing gave way to the thump of a bouncing ball and deft as the spirit of sportsmanship from the 2018 World Cup tournament overwhelmed the

Council members on Thursday showed up in their countries' jerseys between consultations on and a report on and to celebrate the start of in Russia, while came in as a "referee" with a whistle and flashing a yellow card as if to enforce sportsman-like decency.

Russia's Permanent Vassily Nebenzia, who is the Council this month, shot a "goal" through the table's opening.

He kept a in front of him on the table as he presided over the rest of the day's sessions.

US Permanent Nikki Haley received a round of applause as she came into the chamber wearing a red-and-blue-striped white jersey and greeted Nebenzia with a smile, often her nemesis at the Council.

Some envoys dribbled, kicked and passed the ball on the Council floor where weighty matters of war, peace and security are determined.

And then they went back to work.

The spirit of sportsmanship prevailed in the Council even later in the day when it took up the situation in where the run-up to the has been marred by some violent clashes.

Council members showed near-unanimity in expressing concern about the security situation in the West African nation and calling for implementing the country's peace agreement.

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First Published: Fri, June 15 2018. 08:50 IST