Palestine Football Association: end the suffering of our football family

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The Palestine Football Association (PFA) released a statement this evening announcing their proposal for a final solution to end the Israeli discrimination against Palestinian players.

In the statement, the PFA said that they had held a number of meetings with the president of FIFA, Joseph Blatter, and other representatives, aiming to facilitate their proposal.

The proposal stipulates and clarifies 3 main concerns of the PFA in regards to the Israeli Football Association (IFA) violations of the FIFA statutes. These are: the restriction of movement of Palestinian players; the continued racism and discriminatory behaviour of IFA officials and clubs; and the controversial location of 5 Israeli clubs in illegal settlements.

The PFA continued in its statement to offer a ‘viable and effective’ solution to these issues, proposing a ‘multi-layered monitor group’ made up of international observers, which would ‘ensure the freedom of the PFA to develop its activities at the highest level’. The monitor group should in addition investigate any IFA violation of FIFA rules.

In regards to the issue of Israeli groups playing out of illegal settlements in the West Bank, the PFA proposed that FIFA ‘request the United Nations to officially notify FIFA of UN General Assembly Resolution 67/19’.

This amendment was made after Palestinian Football Association President Jibril Rajoub came under pressure early today to withdraw his demand for Israel’s expulsion from FIFA.