FIFA must take action on Israeli settlement clubs

Following the UN vote on illegal Israeli settlements, FIFA can no longer postpone action on settlement clubs. The consequences of the resolution could soon be felt in the sport’s world when FIFA, the governing body of world football, meets on January 9-10 and decides on the fate of the Israeli settlement clubs. This could significantly help the BDS movement. Should FIFA demand that the IFA move the clubs inside Israel’s pre-1967 borders or face suspension, it would present an acute political dilemma for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose government is beholden to the settlers. If he takes no action he could also face a backlash from an electorate who have become accustomed to their teams participating in European leagues and international competitions.

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