Our campaign has written the letter below to the President of UEFA copied to all other members of the Executive Committee.
“Dear Mr Platini,
Two days ago the Palestine Football Association headquarters were raided by Israeli troops1. It is one more example of Israel’s criminal efforts to disrupt Palestinian football, as it seeks to disrupt and stifle every aspect of Palestinian national culture.
A military spokesman has since claimed that soldiers entered the PFA HQ as part of a routine check of ID documents. This explanation lacks all plausibility. It does not take forty minutes to check a few personal IDs, neither does this require the presence of three military jeeps at the HQ for over two hours.
So why has UEFA remained silent? When will you raise your voice for the rights of Palestinian sportspeople?
Red Card Israeli Racism wishes to remind you of the following:
- the Israel Football Association has done nothing to support the PFA in its efforts to protect Palestinian sports from comprehensive obstruction and brutal military oppression. It has simply been a mouthpiece for the Israel Defence Forces.
- the IFA has racially segregated part of its children’s league and has defended this criminal action in the courts.
- the IFA has done nothing to rein in racist violence at the notorious Beitar Jerusalem FC. It has allowed the club to continue its criminal ban on the employment of Arab players and staff. It has allowed the club’s owner to maintain his position despite his conviction for violent assault.
We urge you to issue a public condemnation of Monday’s raid. We further urge you to suspend Israeli membership of UEFA at your Executive Committee meeting on 4th Dec.
And we urge you to move next year’s Euro Women’s Under-19 Finals to a country that respects human dignity.”
Distribution: UEFA Executive Committee members.
|Mr.||Lennart||Johannson||Honorary President, UEFA,|
|Mr.||Borislav||Mihaylov||President, Bulgarian Football Union,|
|Mr||Marios N||Lefkaritis||Honorary President, Cyprus Football Federation,|
|Mr.||Allan||Hansen||Past President, Danish Football Association,|
|Mr||David||Gill||Vice Chairman, The FA|
|Mr||Wolfgang||Niersbach||President, German Football Association,|
|Mr||Giancarlo||Abete||President, Italian Football Federation|
|Mr||Michael||van Praag||President, Royal Netherlands Football Association,|
|Ms||Karen||Espelund||Former General Secretary, Norwegian Football Association,|
|Mr||Fernando||Gomes||President, Portuguese Football Federation|
|Mr.||Mircea||Sandu||President, Romanian Football Federation,|
|Mr.||Sergey||Fursenko||President, Football Union of Russia,|
|Mr.||František||Laurinec||President, Slovak Football Association,|
|Mr||Angel Maria||Villar Llona||President, Real Federación Española de Fútbol,|
|Mr.||Peter||Gilliéron||President, Swiss Football Association (SFV-ASF).|
|Mr||Şenes||Erzik||Hon. President, Turkish Football Federation,|
|Mr.||Grigoriy||Surkis||President, Football Federation of Ukraine,|