January 2017

FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s speech at the media briefing after the FIFA Council meeting 9-10 January 2107 included a fifty second comment on the Sexwale Committee report on settlement clubs.  That topic was agenda item 13.1 of 13 – so much for the importance given to the topic by FIFA.  Infantino’s comments start at minute 27.34 in:  …

Further final submissions have been made to the FIFA Council before its meeting to discuss settlement clubs.  They are: Martyn Konecny of the European Middle East Project saying that “FIFA must strike now”.  http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/will-fifa-follow-un-israeli-settlements-1813733343 Aubrey Bloomfield of new York City saying that “FIFA can no longer postpone action”. http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2017/01/fifa-action-israeli-settlement-clubs-170106135455991.html. Sari Bashi of Human Rights Watch …

The following letter was sent by the European Jews for a Just Peace campaign to FIFA.  As well as repeating the basic arguments it references FIFA’s statute 3 which commits FIFA to respecting human rights.  The text of the letter is as follows: 6 January 2017                                                            To Gianni Infantino, President, FIFA                             Fatma Samoura, General Secretary, …

Vice magazine has described the origins and ethos of the Beitar Nordia football club.  “We aim to provide a voice to the silent majority who oppose La Familia, and football is a very powerful tool for this.”. The article is at https://sports.vice.com/en_uk/article/breakaway-club-beitar-nordia-are-rejecting-the-racism-of-la-familias-far-right-ultras The full text is as follows: “It is the weekend of Hannukah in …

The following letter has been sent to all members of the FIFA Council – prior to the 9-10 January 2107 meeting.  We are concerned that Israeli obfuscation will mislead Council members on what is a simple and straightforward legal and regulatory position devoid of any political content.   Red Card Israeli Racism Campaign PO Box …