FIFA hosts Israeli, Palestinian football leaders for talks

A FIFA panel aiming to improve Israeli-Palestinian football relations has met for the first time and agreed a follow-up session in the Middle East next month. FIFA says it hosted the two football federations’ leaders Wednesday with panel chairman Tokyo Sexwale, a South African businessman. Sexwale, who some football officials want to be a FIFA presidential candidate, was appointed in May after Palestinians dropped a request for the FIFA Congress to vote on suspending Israel. Palestinians say Israeli security restrictions limit movement of their players and visiting teams. Israeli football officials say they can’t control political issues.



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