(1) SIGN OUR PETITION: SUSPEND THE ISRAELI FA FROM FIFA.   (2) READ OUR IMPORTANT NEW FACT SHEET:  Palestine, Israel and the beautiful game.  (open this post to use the link) (1) PETITION.   This calls for suspension of the IFA from FIFA until Israel respects the human rights of Palestinians and observes international law.  See further information on the …

Our campaign objective of the exclusion of (West) Jerusalem as a host city for the EURO 2020 competition was realised on 19th September when UEFA announced the host countries: Finals:  London;    Quarter finals:  Munich, Baku, St Petersburg, Rome Round of 16:  Amsterdam, Bilbao, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow Details are given under the Campaigns/EURO …

Joe Catron of Electronic Intefada filed this report after the deaths of child footballers playing in the sand. http://electronicintifada.net/content/gaza-beach-massacre-commemorated-child-survivors/13844 On Sunday evening, as the sun slipped behind the Mediterranean Sea, members of the Bakr family, a sprawling clan of fishermen in Gaza City’s Beach refugee camp, gathered with hundreds of supporters on the beach next …

Twenty two civic groups in Palestine have written today to UEFA’s President Michel Platini. http://www.bdsmovement.net/2014/uefa-2020-appeal-letter-12640.  The full text of the letter is as follows. We, the undersigned Palestinian civil society organizations and national institutions, call upon UEFA to exclude the bid of the Israeli Football Association (IFA) for Jerusalem to host UEFA 2020 tournament games …

An article in World Bulletin totals the damage to life and limb from Israeli attacks on Gaza. http://www.worldbulletin.net/palestine/143906/sports-pays-a-price-in-israeli-bombing-of-gaza. Israel’s 51-days of relentless attacks against the Gaza Strip damaged sporting activities in the besieged enclave as well, but the Palestinian national football team carries on.  During the 51 days of relentless Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, 32 sportsmen …

This article by Australian Scott Mcintyre highlights the difficulties faced by Palestinian Football through an interview with Susan Shalabi Molano. http://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/blog/2014/09/01/susan-shalabi-molano-and-fight-equality AFC Executive Committee member Susan Shalabi Molano has seen the broader struggle involved in football and as a young girl growing up in Palestine saw the specific challenges that presented first hand. I’ve lost count …

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/aug/26/oscar-garcia-maccabi-tel-aviv-brighton-gaza Maccabi Tel Aviv’s coach, the former Brighton & Hove Albion manager Oscar García, has resigned, with the club saying that this was because of the current security situation in Israel. The club said García, a former Barcelona midfielder from Spain, will be replaced by Pako Ayestarán, another Spaniard. Ayestarán was previously an assistant coach …

From Indpendent.ie.  Dundalk have been hit with a staggering €18k fine following their Europa League qualifier against Hajduk Split when a Palestine flag was flown at Oriel Park.   A source today confirmed to Independent.ie that the club had received notice of the fine from UEFA last Wednesday, and stated that they will decide whether to appeal …

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