Articles by Geoff

This reminiscence by Palestinian football expert Issam Khalidi was published by The Palestine Chronicle on 20/05/22 at https://www.palestinechronicle.com/palestinian-sports-will-miss-shireen-abu-akleh/. I did not know Shireen Abu Akleh personally, and I didn’t know that she was interested in Palestinian sports and its history. However, in November 2021, I received an email from her informing me that she got …

This Palestine Chronicle article was published on 23/04/22 at https://www.palestinechronicle.com/watch-professional-english-football-team-raises-palestinian-flag/. Since then Forest Green have won the League Two title and with it promotion to League One. The English Forest Green Rovers Football Club has flown the Palestinian flag on April 18, during a game against Oldham Athletic, at the Gloucestershire club’s New Lawn Stadium. …

This article by Inside World Football’s Paul Nicholson was first published at https://www.insideworldfootball.com/2022/04/11/palestine-mourns-death-another-footballer-shot-dead-israeli-forces/. While the world is watching with horror and condemnation the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the increase in violence in Palestine and the West Bank has gone barely noticed in international media. In football, so often the soft geo-politics of the world’s bigger …

This article by Simon Lloyd was published on 23rd March at https://www.joe.co.uk/sport/bellerin-ukraine-palestine-325013. ‘The Palestinian war has been completely silenced…’ Hector Bellerin has questioned why Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine has received greater attention in the media when compared to conflicts taking place elsewhere in the world. The Real Betis right-back, who is on loan from …

This AFP article was published on 24th March at https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220324-arabs-denounce-double-standard-of-russia-sports-bans. Russia’s war on Ukraine has drawn unprecedented sanctions that have seen it banned from most international sports in a Western-led break with the long-standing convention against politics mixing with sport. For many Arabs, who have seen their own sportsmen and women punished for refusing to …

This article by Ramzy Baroud was published on 9th March at https://www.palestinechronicle.com/politics-and-sports-do-mix-on-fifas-hypocrisy-in-palestine-and-the-need-to-isolate-apartheid-israel/ in the wake of FIFA’s decision to ban Russia from this year’s World Cup Finals in Qatar. Israel’s war on Palestinian sports is as old as the Israeli state itself. For Palestinians, sport is a critical aspect of their popular culture, and since …

This Middle East Monitor piece by Motasem A Dalloul appeared on 1st March at https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20220301-russias-war-in-ukraine-even-exposes-footballs-hypocrisy/. Fighting continues across Ukraine as Russian forces get closer to the capital, Kyiv. Ukraine’s second city, Kharkiv, is also being bombed. As the first round of high-level talks between Kyiv and Moscow took place on the Ukraine-Belarus border on Monday …

Former Egyptian football player Mohamed Aboutrika on Monday slammed the Federation of International Football (FIFA) for their failure to punish Israel, after the decision to ban Russia from all football competitions. This Palestine Chronicle article first appeared on 1st March at https://www.palestinechronicle.com/egyptian-football-player-aboutrika-slams-fifa-for-applying-double-standards/. In an interview with Quds News Network, the three-time Africa Cup of Nations …

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