PA Official: Israeli Football Association Should Respect FIFA Statutes

RAMALLAH, May 10, 2015 (WAFA) – Head of the Palestine Football Association (PFA), Jibril Rajoub, said on Sunday that the Israeli Association “should respect the FIFA Statute and stop being an integral part of the Israeli occupation and its Apartheid policies.”

Rajoub’s statement came following a Sunday meeting with FIFA Chairman Sepp Blatter in Switzerland, which was to discuss the latest meeting between FIFA and the Israeli Football Association (IFA) regarding Israeli violations of the FIFA Statute and the ongoing oppression against Palestinian athletes.

Rajoub said he accepted a request from Blatter to meet the head of the Israeli Football Association after their meeting.

He said the Palestinian side accepted to meet with the Israeli Association in appreciation to the efforts made by FIFA Chairman Sepp Blatter for the development of football in Palestine.

“Unfortunately, the meeting simply reaffirmed that the Israeli Football Association does not want to stop being a tool of the Israeli occupation or to respect the FIFA Statutes,” said the PFA in a statement.

“It is clear that the Israeli Football Association is not willing to recognize PFA as a federation with equal rights and obligations, just as they continue to violate their commitments made before FIFA.”

He stressed, “We are therefore determined to continue our path to suspend the Israeli Football Association during the next FIFA Congress, this May 29.”

“If the IFA is concerned about being suspended, they should respect the FIFA Statute and stop being an integral part of the Israeli occupation of the State of Palestine and its Apartheid policies,” said the statement.