FIFA’s Blatter meets Abbas in continuing attempt to broker Israeli, Palestinian talks

The head of world soccer’s governing body said on Wednesday Israel had proposed easing travel restrictions for Palestinian players but the head of the Palestinian FA insisted he would pursue a move to have Israel suspended from FIFA.

After meeting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and soccer officials in the West Bank, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Israel had set out a series of measures to ease travel curbs for players, sports visitors and officials.

Similar commitments have been made in the past, but Blatter said this time Israeli officials had “said they will do it”, a commitment he hopes will stave off the threat of a suspension vote at a FIFA congress in Zurich on May 29.


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