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Three years after Israeli attack that ended their careers, ex-soccer players call on FIFA to protect Palestinian rights

Jawahar Halbiyeh and Adam Jamous three years after they were shot and injured | Mondoweiss/Sheren Khalel

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Friendship First – An inspiring example

plane-crash-football-team-from-brazil-crashes-in-colombia-800x420-1480406519-768x403Brazil soccer postpones final weekend of play. South American Football Confederation awards Cinderella Team Chapecoense 2016 Copa Sudamericana championship after horrific plane crash. Continue reading

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MLS and its money-grubbing Canadian franchises

Soccer CorporatizationYou really have to wonder about MLS and its leadership more and more every day, don’t you?

Having two weeks off between the conference semifinals and finals for an international break is just bad planning but at some level it was something they had no say in.

But the money-grubbing decision to shift Game 1 of the Toronto-Montreal series from Stade Saputo to the Big Owe in Montreal not only shows a callous disregard for the players and fans, it’s just a blatant attempt to stuff the pockets of the owners and league. Continue reading

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Friendship first: Mexican and US soccer teams unite to stick it to Trump’s wall

Mexico won the World Cup qualifying match against the U.S. national team 2-1.

US and Mexico players unite for a team photo ahead of their World Cup qualifier in Colombus. US and Mexico players unite for a team photo ahead of their World Cup qualifier in Colombus. | Photo: AFP

US and Mexico players unite for a team photo ahead of their World Cup qualifier in Colombus | AFP

The Mexican and U.S. national soccer teams defied protocol Friday night November 11 in their World Cup qualifier as they posed together for a team photograph in a display of unity as U.S. president-elect Donald Trump threatens to tear the two nations apart. Continue reading

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FIFA must ban Israeli settlement teams, if it wants a level playing field

There is a rising tide of pressure, including UN intervention, calling for exclusion. Any other decision would go against football’s core principle of impartiality | BEN JAMAL in the Guardian
Beitar Maale Adumim football club team play against Ironi Modiin football club during an Israeli league match in the Israeli West Bank settlement of Maale Adumin

‘Six Israeli clubs are playing in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. | Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images

(October 13) – As a follower of football, I am passionate and partisan when supporting my team. But, like all fans, I am infuriated when I sense that a referee is not applying the rules impartially. At the heart of the beautiful game is that simple principle of fairness: that we are all playing on a level playing field.

Holding true to that fundamental has enabled sport to play a leading role in addressing wider societal inequalities – as, for example, when the sporting boycott of South Africa played such a key role in addressing apartheid. There’s no reason it shouldn’t do likewise in Palestine.

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UN letter to FIFA over Israeli soccer clubs

FIFA’s ubiquitous banner. Article 3 of the FIFA Statutes states: “Discrimination of any kind against a Country, private person or group of people on account of race, skin colour, ethnic, national or social origin, gender, language, religion, political opinion or any other opinion, wealth, birth or any other status, sexual orientation or any other reason is strictly prohibited and punishable by suspension or expulsion.”

FIFA’s ubiquitous banner. Article 3 of the FIFA Statutes states: “Discrimination of any kind against a Country, private person or group of people on account of race, skin colour, ethnic, national or social origin, gender, language, religion, political opinion or any other opinion, wealth, birth or any other status, sexual orientation or any other reason is strictly prohibited and punishable by suspension or expulsion.”

By Peter Beaumont

Jerusalem (October 11) – A senior United Nations official has written to Fifa to reiterate that the UN regards Israeli settlements – and by extension Israeli football teams that play in them – to be “without validity” and “illegal under international law”. Continue reading

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On Man U’s record revenues

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