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Saudi football team to play against Palestinian Authority in October

Despite the Kingdom’s need to receive entry visas from Israel for the team members, the Saudi national football team is scheduled to play against the PA team in Samaria on October 15.



Saudi Arabia’s national soccer team will play against the Palestinian Authority’s team in Samaria on October 15, the kingdom’s sports authority said Friday.

The game, due to take place in the city of Ramallah, would mark a change in policy for the Gulf state, which has previously played matches against the Palestinian Authority team in third countries.

“At the request of the brothers in the Palestinian federation, the Saudi Football Federation has agreed to play the team’s first match in the Asian qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup against Palestine… on October 15… in Ramallah,” the Saudi Sports Authority said on Twitter. Continue Reading »

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. Continue Reading »

NFL delegation to visit Israel next week for Israel Football League match


The delegation of 11 invited NFL football players will be touring around Israel later this month, but on February 18, will hold an open to the public, exhibition game with the Israel Football League.

By i24news


A delegation of NFL football players will visit Israel later this month, a press release from the Ministry of Tourism revealed Sunday.

The delegation of 11 players will arrive in Israel on Monday, February 13, for a week-long visit during which they will visit Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa, as well as Christian holy sites in northern Israel, near the Dead Sea, and Masada. Continue Reading »

Palestinian football club reaps ‘insults & injury’ from Lebanon & AFC


One month after 9 Arab Israeli soccer players were ‘insulted’ by Lebanon’s refusal to allow them entry for a match, the AFC ‘injured’ them by declaring the team losers & fining them $20,000 to boot.



The Palestinian Football Association on Saturday denounced the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) decision to declare as losers a Palestinian team who had several players unable to enter Lebanon for a soccer game in the AFC Cup.

The match was supposed to take place on March 9 between the Palestinian soccer team Shabab Al-Thahriyeh from near Hebron and the Syrian team Al-Wahda. Because of the ongoing war in Syria and restrictions imposed on Syrians who want to travel to the Palestinian territories, the game was organized in Lebanon. Continue Reading »

WATCH: New England Patriots To Honor Jew Murdered By Palestinian Terrorist on Prime-Time TV




Robert Kraft, the Jewish businessman, New England Patriots owner, and long-time supporter of American football in Israel, agreed Monday to honor Ezra Schwartz, an American who was killed in a terror attack at the Gush Eztion junction in the West Bank on November 19, with a moment of silence during the Patriot’s upcoming match against the Buffalo Bills Monday night.

Ezra Schwartz, 18, of Massachusetts was delivering food to Israeli soldiers when he became one of three people killed by a man who fired shots from his vehicle and rammed pedestrians in the West Bank.

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Arab Fans Jump Fence to Attack Jewish Football Team When They Scored

Fans of Bedouin Tel Sheva joined their teammates on soccer field to brutally beat referee and the Jewish players from Hapoel Merhavim after a goal was scored that they didn’t like.

By Gil Ronen


Players and fans of the youth soccer team of the Negev Bedouin town of Tel Sheva turned a game between their team and Hapoel Merhavim into a violent nightmare Thursday.

The game was sportive as long as the Arab team led 1-0. The trouble began when Merhavim evened the score in a free kick. A Tel Sheva player did not like this turn of events, and struck the referee in the head.

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Lieberman demands Israeli Arab soccer team be disciplined for Hezbollah tribute

Foreign Minister Lieberman condemns the Bnei Sakhnin ceremony honoring fugitive ex-Balad MK Azmi Bishara, who’s suspected of aiding the Lebanese terrorist organization.

BY Atila Somfalvi



Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called on Saturday for the suspension of the Israeli-Arab soccer team Bnei Sakhnin from the Israeli Premier League and urged that strong measures be taken against it after its representatives paid tribute to former Knesset Member Azmi Bishara (Balad), who is suspected of spying for Hezbollah.

Balad Secretary General and Bnei Sakhnin hold up recognition plaque for Bishara (Photo: Zohar Shahar)

Balad Secretary General and Bnei Sakhnin hold up recognition plaque for Bishara – Photo: Zohar Shahar

Before the game between Bnei Sakhnin and Hapoel Tel Aviv in the Doha Stadium in the Galilee town of Sakhnin, the Israeli-Arab soccer team held a ceremony in honor of their Qatari sponsors, during which recognition plaques were given to several people – including Azmi Bishara. Continue Reading »

Betar Jerusalem Football Club set ablaze after ‘hate speech’ charges

Although the fire was without injury, the trophy room of the Football Club & the office of the property caretaker were heavily damaged.

‘The history of Beitar has gone up in flames’




Arsonists set on fire the trophy room of the Betar Jerusalem soccer team one day after the indictment of four of its fans for anti-Muslim hate speech.

Betar Jerusalem fans during match against Maccabi Umm el-Fahm, January 29, 2013.

Betar Jerusalem fans during match against Maccabi Umm el-Fahm, January 29, 2013. – Photo: Nir Elias/Reuters

Assaf Evers, a fire department spokesman, was quoted by Ynet as saying that the fire was caused deliberately early on Friday morning. Continue Reading »

Italy Sets Guidelines to Prohibit anti-Semitic Chants at Football Matches

The guidelines were issued in the wake of two cases of anti-Semitic & racist behavior of fans in Hungary & Bulgaria that resulted in fines & sanctions by FIFA.




New guidelines issued by the Italian Interior Ministry govern how police may halt or interrupt a soccer match because of racist or anti-Semitic behavior by fans or on the pitch.


The guidelines were issued following a meeting this week of the Ministry’s watchdog commission on sporting events that dealt with the “despicable phenomenon of racism” noted recently at some matches.

Italy’s police chief as well as leaders of the Italian Soccer Federation took part in the meeting. Continue Reading »

Hungary & Bulgaria’s soccer teams fined for fans’ anti-Semitism

FIFA strongly condemns all forms of racism in football, and any form of discrimination will not be tolerated and will receive a strong response by the relevant FIFA authorities.

According to Article 67 par. 1 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, the home association is liable for the improper conduct among spectators, regardless of the question of culpable conduct.



Hungary’s national soccer team will face sanctions because of anti-Semitic chants by its fans in August, the FIFA soccer association has announced.

Hungary and Bulgaria sanctioned to play without spectators

Hungary and Bulgaria sanctioned to play without spectators – Photo: AFP

The punishment handed out by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association’s disciplinary committee on Jan. Continue Reading »