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Official FA programmes deny the existence of the Occupied Palestinian Territories in printing maps of ‘Israel’ In the run up to the UEFA Under 21 tournament to be held in Israel in June 2013, the FA and UEFA have been at pains to insist that football is not about politics. They have refused to take …

In June 2011, 42 Palestinian football clubs called on UEFA President Michel Platini to reverse the decision to hold the 2013 men’s Under 21 championships in Israel, a country imposing military occupation, colonisation and an apartheid system in Palestine.[1] Since that time, throughout Europe and across the world, calls for UEFA to remove the Under …

Speaking at the Securing Sport 2013 conference in Doha, Palestine’s leading women’s football pioneer has added her name to those who believe UEFA were fundamentally wrong to award this summer’s European under-21 championship to Israel. Human rights activists are increasingly lobbying UEFA into re-considering their decision and now Honey Thaljieh (pictured), Palestine’s first ever women’s …

The Red Card Israeli Racism campaign is escalating its activities as the June 5-18 dates for UEFA’s under-21 men’s football final in Israel draw near. The London-based campaign is now part of a European coalition of groups working to expose the folly of staging a major competition in a state which shows contempt for the …

Dozens of pro-Palestinian campaigners brought growing anger over Israel hosting this year’s European under-21 football finals right to UEFA’s door on Friday (January 25), forcing the organisation’s president Michel Platini to grant them a hearing at his headquarters in Nyon , Switzerland. See also Ali Abunimah’s report on Electronic Intifada PROTEST FORCES PLATINI TO DEFEND UEFA UNDER-21 FINALS IN ISRAEL …

A group of Premier League footballers and players in other major European leagues have condemned plans to hold the Under-21 European championship in Israel next year, saying it will be seen as a “reward” for this month’s assault on Gaza in which young people playing football were killed when a sports stadium was bombed. The signatories, who include Eden …

The president of Israel’s football association said yesterday that there was never any doubt the country could host next year’s European under-21 football championship, even when Palestinian militants were bombarding Israel with rockets during heavy fighting earlier this month. The president of Israel’s football association said yesterday that there was never any doubt the country …

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