PM to meet FIFA head as Palestinians try to kick Israel out of world soccer association

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to call on FIFA President Sepp Blatter to use his influence to persuade the Palestinian Football Association to drop its bid to suspend Israel from world soccer’s governing body when the two meet in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

Blatter is traveling to the region in the hope of finding a diplomatic solution that will convince the Palestinians to withdraw their proposal for the suspension of Israel, which is on the agenda in FIFA’s annual Congress in Zurich on May 29.

While Israel is taking the bid seriously, and over the last few weeks have lobbied many of the 209 countries of FIFA against the proposal, the chances that it will pass seem slim, since a 75 percent majority – or 157 countries – would have to vote in support of the move.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *