Palestinians forcing FIFA to court to outlaw Israeli football clubs


The Jewish state accuses the Palestine Football Association of exploiting FIFA to establish de facto permanent borders, without entering any direct peace-seeking negotiations with Israel.



The Palestine Football Association (PFA) appealed to the world’s top sports court on Tuesday, seeking to force FIFA to rule on the future of Israeli clubs playing in the West Bank.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino – Photo: Doha Stadium Plus Qatar/Wikimedia

The PFA argues that the presence of six Israeli clubs on its territory is in breach of FIFA statutes, which forbids another member association playing on another territory without permission.

The Palestinians had called for a resolution stating that as a full FIFA member the PFA has the right to block Israeli teams from playing on its land.

In its CAS appeal, the PFA called for FIFA’s postponement decision to be declared “null and void” and that “FIFA be ordered to immediately vote” on the issue, the Lausanne-based court said in a statement.

Israel argues that FIFA rules are unenforceable as there is no permanent border.

Pro-Palestinian Protesters sport fake injuries during a demonstration in Brussels – Photo: LAURIE DIEFFEMBACQ/AFP

The Jewish state accuses the PFA of trying to use a football flap to establish borders.

The disputed clubs controversy has now been presented to five separate FIFA Congresses.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has said the body’s final decision will likely come before the March 2018 deadline, indicating it will be resettled at the next Congress in India in October.


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Head of the Palestine Football Association (PFA), Jibril Rajoub, is once again abusing his position at international sports organization.