Palestine Football Association calls on FIFA to sanction Israeli teams over Gaza war

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The Palestine Football Association has asked FIFA to sanction Israeli teams over the war in Gaza, citing violations of international laws and destruction of football infrastructure. Israel's football association responded by stating that it has always followed FIFA regulations. The PFA's proposal has been endorsed by six other member nations and it seeks to include the issue on FIFA's upcoming congress agenda in May.

The Palestine Football Association has called on football’s international governing body, FIFA , to sanction Israeli teams over the war in Gaza. The PFA asked for its proposal, which it said six other member nations had endorsed, to be on the agenda at FIFA ’s upcoming congress in May. Israel’s football association on Wednesday responded to the petition by saying it had “always followed FIFA regulations and always will.

” The PFA’s statement, released on Tuesday, said “the loss of innocent lives, including no less than 99 footballers” and the “destruction of residential units… are clear violations of international laws.” “All the football infrastructure in Gaza has been either destroyed, or seriously damaged,” the statement added. The PFA pointed to several specific events, including a case in which Israeli media footage showed scores of stripped Palestinians, including children, detained in Gaza City’s Yarmouk stadium in December 2023. FIFA has taken action against member nations over the actions of their governments before, banning Russian teams from international competition following its 2022 invasion of Ukraine. Europe’s governing body UEFA, of which Israel is a member, banned Russian clubs from its tournaments. The PFA also called on FIFA to address “the inclusion of football teams located in the territory of another association, namely Palestine, in its national association

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