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
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
The Gaza team must cross the Israeli border to reach the West Bank city of Hebron, where Sunday’s game was set to take place. Nidal al-Mughrabi
Gaza’s Shujaiyeh United soccer club plays Hebron’s Al-Ahly soccer club at Alyarmouk stadium in Gaza City, August 6, 2015 | AP
REUTERS (August 7) – The Palestinian Football Federation postponed the final Palestine Cup game between the champion teams of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank after Israel denied entry permits to some of the Gaza players, sports officials said. Continue reading
In this Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 photo, Beitar Jerusalem F.C. soccer supporters watch a State Cup soccer match against Maccabi Umm al-Fahm F.C. at the Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem | AP
With their racist remarks, their conduct and their antidemocratic legislation, Israeli politicians legitimize the phenomenon called Beitar Jerusalem. Haaretz
(July 19) – The wild behaviour of Beitar Jerusalem soccer fans in Belgium last Thursday should surprise no one. That famous “handful” of fans – which is not a handful, but a large group of a few thousand – long ago took control of the club and is holding it hostage to its racist views, supported by violent actions that are not met with significant punishment by the authorities. Continue reading
There is no question that there is a lot of corruption inside the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Bribes and behind the scene deals have been going on for decades. The sport federation is responsible for the most watched and popular sport in the world and is part of a lucrative business venture that has a lot of soft power and prestige attached to it. MAHDI DARIUS NAZEMROAYA* Continue reading
Israel will cry foul, but its suspension from international soccer could be a game changer. GIDEON LEVY in Haaretz
FIFA Preident Sepp Blatter greets members of the Palestinian Al-Amari refugee camp team at the Blatter Soccer Academy in Ramallah on May 15, 2011. Does he know that Mohammed al-Qatari, a soccer student whose future Blatter predicted to be bright, was killed by an IDF bullet straight to the chest from 70 metres away, while protesting the last war in Gaza. FIFA votes on the expulsion of Israel on May 29.
(May 17) – The truth must be told from the outset: I hope Israel is suspended from FIFA. On May 29, a move might be made that could become a game changer. It could start a chain reaction whose end is hard to predict. If soccer’s governing body shows Israel a red card, as the Palestinians demand, it could mean that soccer becomes the source of transformation. Continue reading