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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

FIFA threatens to expel Israel at summer's end

FIFA, the world governing body for soccer, is reportedly threatening to expel Israel over its treatment of the 'poor Palestinians.'
Tensions between the two sides recently reached a peak when the Palestinian FA announced it would call for Israel's expulsion from FIFA this summer's FIFA Congress in Sao Paulo unless tangible measures are taken to ease travel restrictions in the occupied territories.

Last week, the Israeli FA attended the UEFA Congress in Kazakhstan and kept a low public profile throughout the proceedings. But in a brief interview with INSIDEworldfootball straight after the congress, Israeli Football Association CEO Rotem Kemer said there was a danger of too many people playing politics.

"We don't think this is right," he said. "It has never been the policy of FIFA and UEFA to mix politics and sport. We are making our best efforts in order to help the Palestinian association. We are trying to make things easier for them."

The Israeli security forces have accused the Palestinians of using football to hide the movement of terrorists and equipment within the region. The Palestinians have denied this and point to the inability to get footballers to training and matches which they say is a deliberate act of oppression.

FIFA have set up a mediation Task Force and Palestine football's leading figurehead Jibril Rajoub has already met with his Israeli counterpart Avi Luzon and FIFA President Sepp Blatter to try and resolve the long-term issue of access to and from Palestinian territories.

Blatter, who is due back in the region next month, wants Israel and Palestine to sign a formal co-operation agreement at or around the FIFA Congress in June but Rajoub has implied this is some way off while travel permit restrictions continue to be imposed by Israel on everyone from players to consultants.

Kemer, however, implied the debate has been far too one-sided.

"I don't think we will be expelled from FIFA because we are making good progress with the Palestinians," he said. "I would say we are on the right track."
There's an example of a 'Palestinian' soccer player (and he's far from the only one) who is involved in terrorism here

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At 11:49 AM, Blogger Orfan said...

I'm just wondering why they don't go through Egypt?


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