FIFA includes “discussion” of the Palestine FA motion for suspension of the Israeli FA

FIFA includes “discussion” of the Palestine FA motion for suspension of the Israeli FA

FIFA has announced the agenda for is Annual Congress in Zurich on 28-29 May 2015.

  • Agenda item 4 is “Suspension or expulsion of a member” – but does not mention the Israeli FA.
  • Agenda item 15 is “Discussion of proposals submitted by the members and the Executive Committee within the periods stipulated in art. 25 par. 1 of the FIFA Statutes: 15.1 Proposal by the Palestinian Football Association for the suspension of the Israel Football Association.

Why the motion to suspend the Israeli FA is included in Agenda Item 15 and not Agenda Item 4 and why the full text of the motion is not reproduced has not been made clear.  See the full agenda at:

http://resources.fifa.com/mm/document/affederation/bodies/02/60/18/94/fifaagenda2015web_neutral.pdf

Reuters reports as follows:

FIFA’s annual Congress will discuss a proposal from the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) for the suspension of Israel, according to the agenda published by football’s governing body on Monday.

Palestine has complained that Israel has continued to hamper its football activities, saying Israel imposes restrictions on the movement of their athletes between the Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied West Bank.  The PFA has also cited curbs Israel places on the import into Palestinian territories of sports equipment and on visits by foreign teams and individuals.

Agenda 15 on the item for the May 29 Congress in Zurich read: “Proposal by the Palestinian Football Association for the suspension of the Israel Football Association.”

Two years ago, FIFA established a task force which included president Sepp Blatter, the Israeli and Palestinian football chiefs and the heads of the European and Asian football confederations to examine the Palestinian complaints and to try and resolve them.  Blatter said at the time that he was determined to resolve the impasse.  However, on Friday PFA president Jibril Rajoub told Reuters that nothing had improved and reiterated his claim that Israel was “were persecuting Palestine footballers, athletes and the movement of sporting equipment”.

Rajoub agreed to drop a similar resolution at last year’s Congress in Sao Paulo but he said he would not back down this time.  It would need a three-quarter majority of FIFA’s 209 members for Palestine’s proposal to succeed.

Israel, whose federation is a member of UEFA, cites security concerns for restrictions it imposes in the West Bank, where the Palestinian Authority exercises limited self rule, and along the border with the Gaza Strip.  But it says it has eased travel for Palestinian athletes between the territories, which requires passage via Israel.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/05/04/uk-soccer-fifa-palestine-idUKKBN0NP1B120150504

 

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