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The beautiful game: a history of whitewashing international crimes 

Nunca Mas “Never Again” Argentina’s Dirty War

By HUSSEIN SAMIH*

(June 8) – In the summer of 1978, at the height of Argentina’s brutal right-wing dictatorship, the 11th FIFA World Cup took place amidst an outcry over granting legitimacy to a state that is now known to have been responsible for the disappearances of around 30,000 people. Continue reading

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An affront to history: Giro d’Italia’s ‘sport-washing’ of Israeli apartheid

Despite Italian media’s partaking in Israel’s ‘sport-washing’, hundreds of Italians protested at various stages of the race. Israel paid $12 million to RCS Sport for the Giro promotion. | RAMZY BAROUD* 

A rider practises opposite to the David Tower of Jerusalem

A rider practises opposite to the David Tower of Jerusalem’s Old City before the beginning of Stage 1. | Reuters

For the first time since its inception in 1909, the legendary Italian cycling race, Giro d’Italia kicked off outside Europe and, strangely enough, from the city of Jerusalem on May 4.

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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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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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After Palestinian takes gold in Rio for Jordan, Israelis claim his roots are ‘Israeli’!

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Olympian at the checkpoint: why a Palestinian swimmer couldn’t train in Jerusalem

Mary al Atrash, a 22-year-old swimmer from Beit Sahour that will represent Palestine in the 2016 Olympic Games.

Mary al Atrash, a 22-year-old swimmer from Beit Sahour who will represent Palestine in the 2016 Olympic Games.

By Jimmy Hutcheon and Chloe Rouveyrolles*

Yesterday, Palestinian swimmer Mary al Atrash, swam for the first time in the Rio Olympics, in the 50-meter freestyle. She finished third in her heat and finished in 28.76 seconds, beating her personal best of 29.91. That finish did not affect the broader ranking: Sadly, Mary finished 63rd of 91 athletes, and will not be taking part in the semi-finals, which feature only the 16 best swimmers. Continue reading

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