FIFA Seeks Legal Advice on Palestinian Proposal to Suspend Israel from International Football

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During FIFA’s (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) annual congress in Bangkok, the football governing body announced that it would seek independent legal advice on the possibility of suspending Israel from international football.  The call for suspension was proposed by the Palestinian Football Association on Friday 17 May, and will be discussed by FIFA’s council meeting on 20 July.  The decision to seek legal advice was revealed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino at the FIFA Congress on Friday after representatives of the Palestinian and Israeli football federations spoke in front of the 211 member associations. The Palestinian Football Association proposal called for “appropriate sanctions, with immediate effect, against Israeli teams” and cited “international law violations committed by the Israeli occupation in Palestine, particularly in Gaza.”  The motion noted that “all the football infrastructure in Gaza has been either destroyed or seriously damaged, including the historic stadium of Al-Yarmuk.” Jibril Rajoub, head of the Palestinian Football Association, said “The Palestinian people, including the Palestinian football family, are enduring an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe,” and that he had been threatened by the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs over the proposal. The Palestinian Football Federation…

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