FIFA President Gianni Infantino published the following statement at the FIFA Council meeting of 27 October 2017.  RCIR’s and others comments are given in subsequent posts.  Note that this apparently ends the activities of the Monitoring Committee.  Following the report submitted by the FIFA Monitoring Committee Israel-Palestine chaired by Tokyo Sexwale and after a thorough …

The following statement was released today by the South African-based National Coalition for Palestine at http://nc4psouthafrica.com/call-by-south-african-activists-for-tokyo-sexwale-to-resign-from-fifa/. Tokyo Sexwale was appointed Chair of FIFA’s Monitoring Committee Israel-Palestine in June 2015. Call by South African activists for Tokyo Sexwale to resign from FIFA We, South African human rights organisations, sports bodies and activists call on fellow South African, Tokyo Sexwale, …

In advance of this Friday’s FIFA Council meeting, Red Card Israeli Racism (RCIR) has protested a number of instances of continuing Israeli repression of Palestinian football. The campaigning group has written to FIFA’s ruling body regarding an attempt by Israel’s security services to recruit Palestinian footballers as informers, as well as regarding the continuing obstruction …

Our original information, reported in our 13 June post, was that the Court would give its decision – known as an “Award” – in September.  We now learn that the Award will be finalised on 26th January 2018.   We presume that this is to give FIFA, the respondent, time to reply to the Court’s conclusions and …

An article by David Conn in the Guardian and the eye-opening comments by Prof. Miguel Maduro reveal the reality about the way that FIFA operates.  This helps understand FIFA’s actions with respect to the Palestinan FA’s problems. Maduro reports that FIFA’s culture is resistant to accountability, transparency and change.  It seems clear that Infantino does not respect the independence …

For the third year running this competition has been marred by Israeli obstruction.   For the first leg ten West Bank players for Ahli Al-Khabeel were not allowed to enter Gaza and the team was obliged to move its goalkeeper to centre forward.  For the second leg ten of the twenty five strong Gazan squad from …

The Irish Times reported: (https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/soccer/international/palestinian-visitors-melt-irish-hearts-as-football-finally-takes-centre-stage-1.3173395) The term political football has been around in one form or another for a few hundred years but it can hardly have been much more aptly applied than to the issue of actual football in Palestine. For the next week or so a group of 18 kids from Gaza will be …

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