Israel Football Association head meets FIFA president in attempt to thwart suspension vote

Israel should not be suspended from world soccer’s governing body as long as it is “fulfilling its statutory duties” said FIFA President Sepp Blatter, following a meeting with Israel Football Association chairman Ofer Eini and CEO Rotem Kemer in Zurich, Switzerland on Wednesday.

The Palestinian Football Association’s proposal for the suspension of Israel will be on the agenda in FIFA’s annual Congress in Zurich on May 29. The Palestinians claim that Israel has continued to hamper their soccer activities, imposing restrictions on the movement of their athletes between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

The PFA has also cited curbs Israel places on the import into Palestinian territories of sports equipment and on visits by foreign teams and individuals.


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