FIFA rejects Palestinian request to disqualify Israeli teams playing in West Bank

During a FIFA Council meeting in India, the organization decided to dismiss a Palestinian petition to disqualify Israeli teams that play in the West Bank, describing the issue as a political dispute.
Jibril Rajoub Photo credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

The International Football Association (FIFA) has dismissed a Palestinian petition to disqualify Israeli teams that play in the West Bank territories.

Aleksander Čeferin, the President of UEFA, told the Israeli Football Association on Friday that FIFA had decided to dismiss the petition during a council meeting in Kolkata, India, describing it as an Israeli-Palestinian political dispute.

The Palestinian Football Association, led by Jibril Rajoub of Fatah, claimed five Israeli teams were violating the rules of the organization by playing in Palestinian territories.

"This is another significant achievement," said Ofer Eini, the chairman of the Israeli Football Association. "The statement that came from FIFA is a brave and important one."

"I'm still convinced that Rajoub can and should use soccer as a bridge of peace between us and the Palestinians and my offer still stands to play a joint match," Eini added.



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