PLO: Israeli Pressure on FIFA ‘Unprecedented’

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) strongly condemned Israeli government pressure on FIFA to remove, from its agenda, a Palestinian bill describing the pressure as blatant and unprecedented.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s telephonically called FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, to pressure him to remove from the FIFA congress agenda a Palestinian request for censoring six Israel football teams playing in illegal settlements built in the occupied Palestinian territories. The Israeli intervention is “a blatant and unprecedented interference” in FIFA affairs.

Palestinians have been calling on FIFA and its member states since 2015 to require Israel’s national league to exclude teams from West Bank settlements or face suspension from the world’s football governing body.
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