FIFA delay decision on Israeli settlement clubs for yet another year

FIFA delay decision on Israeli settlement clubs for yet another year
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Published May 11th, 2017 - 17:17 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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A picture taken on May 11, 2017 in the Bahraini capital Manama shows the conference hall of the 67th FIFA Congress.
JACK GUEZ / AFP
A picture taken on May 11, 2017 in the Bahraini capital Manama shows the conference hall of the 67th FIFA Congress. JACK GUEZ / AFP

Despite their loud, persistent campaign to oust the West Bank settlement teams, the FIFA congress voted to delay the issue by another year.

The Palestinians lost their bid to oust six West Bank settlement teams, as the 67th FIFA Congress in Bahrain voted 138-50 on Thursday to delay the issue for one more year.

“Let’s use football as a bridge to bring people together,” Israel Football Association chief Ofer Eini said to his Palestinian counterpart Jibril Rajoub in an emotional exchange at the congress prior to the vote.

“Lets hold a football match between Palestinians and Israelis, that will be called the match for peace. All revenues will go to build a football school for Palestinians and Israelis,” Eini said.

“There should be soccer games everywhere,” he said.

Eini charged that the Palestine Football Association wanted FIFA to determine the geographical boundaries of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“What are you trying to do here, stop six teams of children from playing football? How will this resolve the Palestinian problems,” he said.

Briefly holding up a photograph of IDF soldiers pointing machine guns at Palestinians, Rajoub rebutted Eini’s words.

Soccer cannot serve as a bridge between Israelis and Palestinians as long as Israel exercised military control of the West Bank, Rajoub said.

“I have no problem of using football as a bridge, I believe in that, but first of all treat me as a partner, as a neighbor, let us pave the road for that so great target. Let us have reciprocity in treating each other. But as occupier and occupied I do no think that we can meet,” Rajoub said.

Under his leadership the Palestine Football Association has called on the international soccer body to consider that the Area C of the West Bank is Palestinian territory and as such, Israeli settlement teams cannot play there.

He has explained the presence of six Israeli soccer clubs in the IFA, violates the FIFA bylaws that prevent the teams from one national football association from playing on the territory of another.

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