Foul play: Will Israel be given the red card?


Source: Al Araby Al Jadeed

In the words of Sepp Blatter, the fallen former FIFA chief, it was “in great generosity” that Jibril Rajoub, the head of the Palestinian Football Association, withdrew a proposal to ban the Israel Football Association from the FIFA family for violating its statutes.

long list of complaints has hindered the ability of Palestinians to meaningfully participate in both national and international games: detaining officials and spectators at borders before prominent football events, charging extortionate custom taxes on equipment, denying permits – as well as racism within Israeli teams and the management of five football teams that exist in the West Bank on illegal Israeli-only settlements.

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