In reply to the RCIR campaign’s letter to FIFA President Sepp Blatter, Secretary General Jerome Valcke sent the following reply. The line of argument is understandable and the campaign challenged it subsequently – see the post on 14 May 2014. Mr Valke’s reply is as follows:
We thank you for your correspondence dated 01 March 2014 and have duly taken note of its content. FIFA fully supports any effort aiming to ensure that all athletes are able to enjoy practising the game of football in a violence-free environment.
However, we must inform you that, according to the FIFA Statutes, FIFA has jurisdiction over its 209 member associations, amongst which are the Israeli Football Association (IFA) and the Palestinian Football Association (PFA), alone and not over any other political structure. As such, we understand from your above mentioned correspondence that the IFA did not breach the FIFA Statutes and it is only if it were the case that FIFA would possible envisage any measures.
Moreover, and as you will be aware, please note that FIFA is doing its utmost in this region in order to ensure that football can be played by everyone, in particular through the implementation of the Task Force Israel-Palestine. In the latest meeting between the member associations of Israel and Palestine in Zurich, both associations noted the progress made since the implementation of the set of parameters, which was subsequently approved by the FIFA Executive Committee on 3 October 2013, meant to facilitate the movement of football people and equipment in and out of Palestine as well as within Palestine. Furthermore, we can hereby confirm that the FIFA President has been entrusted with meeting the highest political authorities from both sides before the upcoming FIFA Congress.
Finally, we would like to draw your attention to the fact that the foregoing is without prejudice to possible decision a competent body by be called to pass in this or in similar matters in future.
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