Blatter meets Rajoub in Cairo

Blatter meets Rajoub in Cairo

This FIFA report suggests that once more Blatter is avoiding the strong measures needed.  The text of the report is:

“Following-up on the mandate he was given by the FIFA Executive Committee, FIFA President Blatter met Palestine Football Association (PFA) President Jibril Rajoub today in Cairo, where he attended the CAF General Assembly, to discuss football in Palestine and in the region.  In particular, the discussions centred around PFA’s recent calls for a suspension of the Israel FA. At the meeting, the FIFA President recalled that his objective is to find solutions for the benefit of football development in Palestine and that football should connect, not divide.   The issues raised by the PFA will be handled. In this regard, as a next step, the FIFA President is due to meet the Israel FA at the Home of FIFA later this month.   Further updates will be communicated in due time.”

http://www.fifa.com/aboutfifa/organisation/president/news/newsid=2583127/index.html

Other reports have been misleading.  For example, Haaretz headlines “FIFA president rejects Palestinian bid to suspend Israel” but the text more accurately reports that “Blatter says he does not want to see Israel suspended from world soccer for allegedly hampering teams in Palestine and will try to make sure it doesn’t happen at FIFA’s congress next month.   Blatter was also reported as saying that “suspending a national federation for any reason “is always something which harms the whole organization.”  See  http://www.haaretz.com/life/sports/1.650892.

Albawala also gives a similar picture:  http://www.albawaba.com/sport/fifa-president-blatter-rejects-palestinian-authority-bid-soccer-ban-racist-israel-679766

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