Palestinian FA wants to adopt Crimea-style solution in conflict with Israel

November 2, 2016 00:46

The head of the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) wants FIFA to adopt what he called a Crimea-style solution to prevent Israeli league clubs from being based in settlements in the occupied West Bank, he said on Tuesday.

After Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea peninsula in 2014, European soccer body UEFA banned Crimean clubs from moving to the Russian league and instead authorised them to set up their own competition.

PFA president Jibril Rajoub, speaking after a meeting of FIFA's Israel-Palestine Monitoring Committee, said a similar solution - whereby Israeli clubs based in settlements would be prevented from playing in the Israeli league but have their own competition - could work.

"Crimea is a good model and we believe that UEFA can play a good role," he told Reuters in a telephone interview.

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