December 2014

Eurosport reports that a footballer who was found to be playing for both Israel and Palestine domestic league sides has been banned for 99 years by the Israeli Football Association. Palestinian international Attaf Abu Bilal played for Israeli fifth division side Segev Shalom but was found to be playing in the Palestinian league at the …

Inside World Football reports today that Israel and Palestine have been urged by FIFA to step up their efforts to allow for the free movement of Palestinian players and officials in the West Bank and Gaza. Delegates of both sides are understood to have met mediating FIFA executives on the fringes of last week’s executive committee …

Reuters reports that the head of Asian soccer declared his commitment to tackling the “illegal Israeli practices” hindering Palestinian soccer on Thursday, adding that he expects measures to come in the new year after talks with FIFA President Sepp Blatter. AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and Blatter both voiced their displeasure last …

The campaign wrote to Mr Blatter as follows: Dear Mr Blatter “RACISM IS TAKING OVER OUR SOCCER” IN ISRAEL Last week Salim Tuameh, captain of the National Israeli League side Bnei Brod, spoke out against increased racism in Israeli football and the racist slurs against him personally: “Tuameh is a terrorist”.  The Israeli FA (IFA) …

Salim Tuameh, the captain of National League side Bnei Lod, decided to speak out after racist chants of “Tuameh is a terrorist” at the weekend game against Maccabi Tel Aviv. “Racism is taking over our soccer. It’s time for the senior players to take action; this is incitement that can lead to very dark places… …

Reuters reports that Palestinian Football Association president Jibril Al Rajoub called on FIFA to sanction Israel and show them “the red card” after Israeli soldiers stormed his organisation’s offices last week. Al Rajoub, speaking after collecting the Asian Football Confederation’s National Team of the Year award on Sunday, said three armoured cars turned up at …