May 2014

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 …

  A protest was held today at the Centenary Stadium during the national women’s football qualifier between Malta and Israel.   It was organised by the Network for Palestinian Solidarity and involved the display of a banner that read ‘Stop Israeli Apartheid’, in a statement aimed at the Israeli government’s occupation of Palestinians in Gaza.             http://linkis.com/bit.ly/p0x88