May 2015

Eminent human rights advocates comprising members of the committee of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, Patrons of the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign and others have signed the following Open Letter.  It was published in the Guardian newspaper today: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/15/call-on-fifa-suspend-israel-football-association “The Palestinian Football Association will present a motion to FIFA’s annual Congress on 28th-29th May, calling for the …

FIFA President Sepp Blatter hopes that Israeli “concessions” will induce the Palestinian FA to withdraw its proposal at the 29 May 2015 FIFA Annual Congress.  He is reported as saying that a successful vote would be a “dangerous” precedent that could get FIFA involved in other political and diplomatic battles. He appears not to recognise the …

There are a number of reports of a second visit by Israelis to FIFA on 6 May to try and avoid the PFA motion being debated.  Israeli FA presses Blatter in effort to avert suspension | Daily Mail Online. The first visit was on 20 April. A report by US media group Fusion summarises the response. http://fusion.net/story/132371/palestine-proposal-kick-is-real-out-of-fifa/  Crucially, …

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