Palestine seeking FIFA sanctions against Israel

FA president Jibril Rajoub says relationship between two Middle East neighbours has seriously deteriorated

Palestine will urge delegates at next month’s FIFA Congress to take sanctions against Israel while it continues to act “like the neighbourhood bully,” FA president Jibril Rajoub told Reuters on Tuesday.

Rajoub, speaking at the Soccerex Asian Forum being held on the banks of the Dead Sea, said the relationship between the two Middle East neighbours had seriously deteriorated following the recent arrest of a Palestine footballer and the shooting of two other players.

He said a Task Force established by FIFA president Sepp Blatter last year that included both nations and representatives from UEFA, Israel’s European confederation and the AFC, Palestine’s Asian confederation, had failed to implement any real change or improvement on the main issues of freedom of movement and access for Palestinian athletes.