FIFA refuses to intervene in Palestinian-Israeli dispute


Published: 2017-10-28 12:32

Last Updated: 2017-10-28 13:52

FIFA refuses to intervene in Palestinian-Israeli dispute
FIFA refuses to intervene in Palestinian-Israeli dispute
Roya News Source

FIFA’s leadership refused on Friday to be a part in of split between Israelis and Palestinians over five football teams playing in the Israeli leagues based in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

FIFA said it will stay “neutral” as the situation is complicated because of the situation the Middle East; the decision which was made during a meeting in India opened a confrontation at the international football tribunal.

Head of the Palestinian Union of football Jebreel Rjoub criticized the decision saying it is “contradicting the rules” of FIFA itself.
Rjob said that FIFA can’t be neutral when it comes to a victim and a slayer, saying that the Palestinian Union keep fighting for the sake of this case.

FIFA’s council refused the three actions recommended by an international commission which spent more than two years trying to sort this conflict out.
“Roya” got the three conditions that were rejected, and listed them below:

"First, the status quo remains in that the Israel Football Association continues to administer football on the territories under discussion (the settlements). Under this option it implies that there should be no action by FIFA until the Oslo discussions -or similar negotiations- involving facilitated or direct talks between the parties have resolved the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Second, In line with article 72.2 of the FIFA Statues, which proclaim that member associations and their clubs may not play on the territory of another member association without the latter´s approval, the IFA is given a warning by FIFA (yellow card) to rectify this issue by desisting to administer football on the territories concerned within a minimum period of six months. Failure to find a resolution within this period shall mean that the matter will revert to the FIFA Council for final decision-making.
Third and the last, Continued discussions between the IFA and the PFA should be encouraged should be based purely on football issues aimed at finding accommodation on how to agree amongst themselves."