Palestinians threaten to pursue soccer sanctions against Israel

Palestinian Football Association President Jibril Rajoub. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( The Palestinians are threatening to pursue sanctions against Israel at a gathering of soccer’s international governing body next month, Reuters reported.

Palestinian Football Association President Jibril Rajoub said he is “going for sanctions against the Israelis” at the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Congress if there is a lack of progress on the issues of freedom of movement and access for Palestinian athletes.

“So far the Israelis are not cooperating. I hope [FIFA President Sepp] Blatter and all those who have good intentions can still solve the problem before the Congress, otherwise I am going for sanctions against the Israelis,” Rajoub told Reuters, adding that Israel “cannot keep behaving like the neighborhood bully.”

The Israeli Football Association, however, said it is working “in full cooperation and coordination with FIFA and UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) to ensure the best possible sporting conditions for Palestinians.”

Posted on May 14, 2014 .