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Rajoub was banned from FIFA games for inciting violence and hatred against soccer superstar Lionel Messi, and Erdan called on the IOC to take similar action.
This is not the first time Israel was targeted like this nor was it the first time Rajoub was vocal about the Israel Football Association.
The Palestinians had hoped FIFA would censure Israel over the settlement teams, thereby forcing them to either drop the clubs from the Israel Football Association or risk losing FIFA membership.
Israel’s response to the Palestinian initiative to suspend it from FIFA epitomized everything that is wrong with its public diplomacy.
By MARTIN SHERMAN
The Israeli media had a ball in the days leading up to the finale.
By YISRAEL MEDAD AND ELI POLLAK
South Africans remember well the build-up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
By HOWARD FELDMAN
Blatter hopes to speak to Israeli officials to ease restrictions on Palestinian soccer players.
President of soccer governing body seeks to ease tensions by tending to policies that severely restrict sport in the territories.
Gutman & Co. remain focused as Belfast’s cold weather calls Tuesday’s qualifier into doubt.
By ALLON SINAI
Palestinian Football Association chief says atmosphere in region not appropriate for holding friendly match with Barcelona.
Comment: As discouraging as Israel’s recent performances have been, Eli Gutman should only be judged according to the team’s results in its qualifiers.
Blue & White up against Portugal, Russia, N. Ireland, Azerbaijan & Luxembourg in World Cup 2014 qualifying matches.
Comment: Women have recently been banned from playing in int'l competitions for wanting to wear uniforms that conflict with rules governing sports competitions.
By TODD WARNICK
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