Kanoute says NO to EURO 2020 games in Israel

Kanoute says NO to EURO 2020 games in Israel

Frederic Kanoute, talking on the BBC World Football Programme on Friday 16 May, comes to a very clear conclusion on whether any EURO 2020 games should be played in Israel.   “… it’s not in my view a good decision to… legitimise … by organising big events there [Israel] and in a way giving credit to what’s happening”  Then it’s left to the listener to think about “what’s happening”!  Kanoute knows but not every BBC listener knows.

He adds:  “Before being footballers we are citizens first…….we can’t put our principles away”.  FIFA and UEFA need to think about this.

Later in the programme there is a reference to the  “racist fans of Beitar Jerusalem” and that a second Beitar team is being established because of that racism.  What the programme does not say is that the intended ground for any EURO 2020 games is Beitar’s home ground.

 

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