June 2012

While an Israeli judicial committee weighs the life of footballer Mahmoud Sarsak in the balance,  European football’s governing body is busy demonstrating the bankruptcy of the idea that sport has nothing to do with politics. Replying by email to journalists who inquired on Friday about the Palestinian call for Israel to be stripped of hosting …

Israel’s national football team had to endure a barrage of pro-Palestinian chanting throughout their 8-0 defeat by Scotland in the Women’s Euro qualifier at Tynecastle on Saturday, in a protest aimed at highlighting the plight of what FIFA president Sepp Blatter termed, Israel’s “alleged illegal detention of Palestine football players”. Blatter was particularly concerned about …

The Palestinian Football Federation is putting pressure on Uefa to remove Israel as hosts of next year’s European Under-21 Championships for jailing a Palestine national team player without trial. In a letter to the Uefa President, Michel Platini,  the PFF has declared Israel’s actions as in “direct violation of Fifa regulations” .

A HIGH-profile European qualifying match in the Capital is set to be targeted by hundreds of protesters over the alleged detention of Palestinian football players. Campaigners are set to gather at Tynecastle Stadium as Scotland play Israel in a women’s Euro qualifier on Saturday. Organisers said that the demonstration would be mounted both outside the …

– Football legend Eric Cantona and world pro footballers association calls for release of Mahmoud Sarsak, detained three years in Israel without charge or trial – Footballer near death after 80+ days without eating, one of 308 Palestinian “administrative detainees” – UEFA criticised for awarding Israel right to host 2013 Under-21 tournament – Cantona, Show …

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