Asian soccer head calls for Israel to stop 'hindering' Palestinian athletes

By REUTERS
December 19, 2014 14:18

 
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The head of Asian soccer on Thursday declared his commitment to tackling the "illegal Israeli practices" that he said were hindering Palestinian soccer, adding that he expects measures to come in the new year after talks with FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and Blatter both voiced their displeasure last month after IDF forces searched the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) headquarters in Jerusalem.

PFA head Jibril Al Rajoub called on FIFA to sanction Israel and show them "the red card" after the incident, which he said followed the blocking of Palestinian players from leaving to play in international tournaments.

The trio met in Morocco along with Union of Arab National Olympic Committees President Prince Talal bin Bader Al Saud, with Shaikh Salman confident measures would come against former Asian Football Confederation member Israel by May.

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