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Sepp Blatter’s recent claim that football should be kept separate from politics was kicked into touch during a series of events staged by Amnesty International in London 6 to 8 June 2014. Timed to immediately precede the World Cup in Brazil, the organisation’s Sidelines festival http://www.amnesty.org.uk/events/sidelines-football-film-festival at the Hackney Picturehouse showcased films and discussions on …

There will be conflict at FIFA’s Annual Congress on 10-11 June over how to support Palestinian football and what sanctions to take against the Israel Football Association (IFA) . Our petition to suspend the IFA has over 12,000 signatures at the latest count. Blatter’s recent assertions have been misleading. Annual Congress.  The FIFA established “Israel …

Today Red Card Israeli Racism’s petition was handed in at the FIFA offices in Zurich.  The latest count is over 12,000 signatories:  http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/fifa-suspend-the-israeli-football-association-s-fifa-membership. The petition calls on FIFA to suspend membership of the Israeli Football Association until Israel respects the human rights of Palestinians and observes international law, thus enabling Palestinian footballers to play and compete nationally and internationally. It is …

Palestine’s soccer team won the Asia Challenge Cup on Friday in a match against the Philippines, securing its place in the AFC Asia Cup that will be held in January next year in Australia.  This is the first time Palestine’s national team has qualified for a major international tournament since the establishment of the Palestine Football Federation …

FIFA President Sepp Blatter visited Palestine, Jordan and Israel over the 25th to 27th May when he tackled the vexed question of how to reduce the repression of Palestinian football by Israel through FIFA’s “Task Force”. In Ramallah on Monday he with AFC President Prince Ali of Jordan and PFA President Jibril Rajoub.  In a series of forceful …

Frederic Kanoute, talking on the BBC World Football Programme on Friday 16 May, comes to a very clear conclusion on whether any EURO 2020 games should be played in Israel.   “… it’s not in my view a good decision to… legitimise … by organising big events there [Israel] and in a way giving credit to …

Both FIFA’s Secretary General Jerome Valcke and UEFA’s President Platini have argued that they can’t act against the Israeli Football Association (IFA) since it’s the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) that represses Palestinian football and not the IFA.  But this ignores crucial links.  We wrote to Jerome Valcke on 12 May 2014 as follows: “The fact that the Israeli …

Arab News report.   Palestine will urge delegates at next month’s FIFA Congress to take sanctions against Israel while it continues to act “like the neighborhood bully,” FA President Jibril Rajoub said on Tuesday. Rajoub, speaking at the Soccerex Asian Forum being held on the banks of the Dead Sea, said the relationship between the two Middle …

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