the republic logo

FIFA to host Israeli, Palestinian soccer leaders for talks ahead of possible suspension vote

bug
Share/Save/Bookmark

ZURICH — FIFA says it will host the leaders of the Israeli and Palestinian soccer federations within days, seeking an agreement before the governing body's congress this month.

The Palestinian Football Association wants Israel suspended from world soccer because its security forces restrict movement of players in the West Bank and Gaza.

The PFA defied FIFA President Sepp Blatter's wishes by pushing for a vote of 209 member countries on May 29 in Zurich.

FIFA says Blatter met Israeli soccer leaders on Wednesday and told them "any member association that is fulfilling its statutory duties should not be suspended."

The Israeli federation has said the issues are political and beyond its control.

Blatter has worked to mediate between the two federations since a decision at the FIFA congress in 2013.

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to info@ap.org and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.


We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)

Category:

Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2015 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.