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Monday 01 May 2017

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Israel lobbies FIFA as settlement showdown looms

Thursday 20/April/2017 - 11:37 PM
Sada El Balad
Sports 24 - Israel is launching a diplomatic offensive against Palestinian calls for FIFA to impose sanctions over football clubs based in Jewish settlements in the occupied territories، an official said on Thursday.

The world football governing body meets for its congress in Bahrain from May 10 to 11 and could decide what action to take over the six clubs based in settlements that play in the Israeli league.

Palestinian leaders have demanded that the Israeli federation be suspended from world football unless it orders the clubs to relocate to within Israel's internationally recognised borders.

"Dozens of Israeli ambassadors have received instructions to engage in dialogue with FIFA delegates in the countries where they are posted to counter the unacceptable attempt by the Palestinians to politicise sport،" the Israeli official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The official said they would seek to have the issue removed from the May meeting's agenda.

Earlier this month، Palestinian football chief Jibril Rajoub renewed calls for FIFA to exclude Israel from international competition until clubs playing in the occupied territories are barred.

He expressed disappointment with the options being put to FIFA members to resolve the issue.

Those were agreed last month by a special committee chaired by South African sports official Tokyo Sexwale.

Edited by Ahmed Mohsen

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