FIFA President Blatter rejects Palestinian Authority bid for soccer ban on 'racist' Israel

FIFA President Blatter rejects Palestinian Authority bid for soccer ban on 'racist' Israel
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Published April 8th, 2015 - 15:15 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Sepp Blatter
Sepp Blatter

Soccer federation president dismisses says ban would 'harm the whole organization,' ahead of meeting with PA minister Jibril Rajoub.

Sepp Blatter, president of the world soccer federation FIFA, on Tuesday rejected the Palestinian Authority (PA) attempt to have Israel blocked from international competitions.

While attending a Confederation of African Football (CAF) meeting in Cairo which is to select the host of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Gabon), Blatter spoke about the request filed by the PA's Palestinian Football Association (PFA).

When asked by AFP about the request, Blatter said that "such a situation shall not occur at the FIFA congress because suspension of a federation for any reason is always something which harms the whole organization."

"I will meet Mr. Jibril Rajoub, president of Palestine Football federation, later this afternoon. I can't give you more details," added Blatter, who is running for a fifth term in office in the FIFA elections next month.

Rajoub had called for Israel to be suspended for its "racist behavior against Arabs." The PA's motion will need the support of at least 156 other delegates at the 209-member FIFA congress.

(This article contains Albawaba edits to the original source)

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