Fight against Ebola supported by FIFA

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Gareth Bale have joined the fight against Ebola in a new campaign to promote awareness and simple preventative measures against the disease.

Didier Drogba, Philipp Lahm and Xavi also feature in a video highlighting 11 key messages designed to help understanding and reduce chances of the disease spreading.

The "11 against Ebola" campaign sees FIFA, the World Bank Group and the World Health Organisation unite against the disease which has killed over 5,000 people.

Ebola has already seriously affected football, next year's African Cup of Nations has been forced to move to Equatorial Guinea following Morocco's refusal to host the tournament due to the epidemic in West Africa.

Football is the most popular sport in Africa and FIFA Chief Medical Officer Professor Jiří Dvořák believes the video featuring some of the best players in the world will reach out to wider audience.

"If the famous football stars pass on the messages, what could be done, what should not be done, then the hope is the people who are at risk in remote areas will listen and change the attitude and help the health-care workers to stop the Ebola."

Posters, pictures and banners with the players and their messages can all be downloaded and the support from FIFA could make a big difference.

Didier Drogba
Cristiano Ronaldo
Gareth Bale

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