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Manchester: Indian NGO Slum Soccer won the inaugural FIFA Diversity Award during a ceremony held at the Soccerex Global Convention in Manchester, UK, on Monday.

The award was presented by FIFA Secretary-General Fatma Samoura alongside former Dutch international Clarence Seedorf and former German international Thomas Hitzlsperger.

Slum Soccer uses football to connect individuals, teach life skills and work towards improving the living conditions of women and marginalised populations in Indian society.

The award was created by FIFA to recognise outstanding organisations, group initiatives and football personalities that are standing up for diversity and inspire unity, solidarity and equality among all people.

The FIFA Diversity Award is part of FIFA’s overall strategy to reinforce its fight against discrimination and promote diversity in football. Last year, FIFA published a good practice guide for its Member Associations and introduced a new monitoring system for discriminatory incidents for all preliminary matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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