Palestine seek Israel suspension from FIFA at congress

Palestine seek Israel suspension from FIFA at congress
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Published May 4th, 2015 - 20:03 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Joseph Blatter
Joseph Blatter

Palestine proposes suspending Israel's football federation at the upcoming congress of the ruling body FIFA.

The motion is included in the agenda published Monday for the May 29 congress, saying "Proposal by the Palestinian Football Association for the suspension of the Israel Football Association."

It is however unlikely that Palestine will get the required three-quarter majority from the 209 FIFA member federations to expel Israel.

Palestine want the sanction over ongoing restrictions by Israel on the movement of their players, visiting teams and football equipment.

The ongoing dispute was also on the agenda of last year's FIFA congress, where a monitoring system was agreed upon, and its executive committee in December.

FIFA president Joseph Blatter last month reportedly attempted to urge Palestinian officials to drop the proposal.

The issue could overshadow the one-day congress where Blatter seeks a fifth term as president against three rival candidates.

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