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Professor Andreas Zimmermann, LL.M., University of Potsdam, has published a substantial legal Opinion on the “Legal status of Israeli football clubs located in the occupied Palestinian territory and ensuing legal consequences for FIFA”. He reinforces the conclusions of others:   “Israeli settlement clubs playing on occupied Palestinian territory without PFA’s consent violate FIFA Statutes. Furthermore, …

The  following letter has been sent to home nation FAs’ chairmen and also to David Gill, a UEFA representative on the FIFA Council.  Amidst the chaos around publication of the Sexwale report we urge that the FIFA Congress acts on the Palestinian motion that has been tabled. FAIR PLAY FOR PALESTINE Action at the 67th FIFA …

According to Haaretz the Israeli diplomatic service has swung into action to try to force FIFA to conform to its wishes and protect Israeli racism in football. The Haaretz article is as follows: “Israel fighting to stop FIFA from suspending settlement soccer teams. Move against six teams initiated by Palestinians, backed by FIFA Panel; Israelis …

This letter was sent to FIFA member associations. We, the Undersigned, Representing Millions, Urge You to Put Human Rights Before Politics and Expel Israeli Settlement Clubs. We write to you with regards to the seven clubs* that are participating in the official Israeli football league while being located in illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory …

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) has issued the following Media Release.  The first paragraph gives a link to the letter sent to all FIFA member associations (see adjacent post).   RCIR campaign has given strong support. https://bdsmovement.net/news/fifa-urged-organizations-representing-millions-expel-israeli-clubs-settlements: April 19, 2017 (Ramallah, Occupied Palestine) — Today, more than one hundred sports …

FIFA has published the agenda for the 66th Congress. There is no Agenda Item concerning recommendations by the FIFA Council on the basis of the report by chairman Tokyo Sexwale of the Israeli Palestine Monitoring Committee.  This would be expected to be presented under Agenda Item 14 (proposals submitted by the member associations and the Council).  However, the relevant …

Tokyo Sexwale delivered his much delayed draft report to the Monitoring Committee meeting on 22 March 2017.   The meeting was noisy with some extremely rude and aggressive interjections by the Israelis.  Sexwale tabled three alternative recommendations to solving the problems of settlement clubs: (1) Carry on as now, running the risk of further legal action …

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