Israel meets with FIFA and UEFA in bid to avert football boycott over Palestine conflict
The threat of suspension from the international game has prompted the top two men in Israeli football to act decisively.
The top two men in Israeli football have headed for Switzerland in a bid to avert “a real and immediate threat” to their status within the world game.
New IFA chairman Ofer Eini and chief executive Rotem Kamer will plead for UEFA president Michel Platini and, next week, FIFA leader Sepp Blatter to head off the threat of a suspension from international competition.
This prospect erupted on March 27 after Palestinian sports supremo Jibril Rajoub’s formal submission of such a demand to FIFA’s annual congress in Zurich on May 29.
The Palestinians have grown increasingly impatient at a lack of progress in the long-running row over travel and transport restrictions imposed by Israeli security authorities.
Rajoub has threatened a congress complaint for the past two years and, each time, Blatter had placated him with a pledge of negotiations via an ad hoc task force. Two weeks ago, during the African confederation congress in Cairo, Rajoub told Blatter he had lost patience.
The Palestinian resolution demands the suspension of Israel until the granting of unlimited free movement of athletes, officials and sporting goods, the unhindered development of facilities and action to eliminate discriminatory behaviour among Israeli clubs and fans.
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