Football: FIFA Bans Palestinian FA President


The president of the Palestinian Football Association has been handed a 12 month suspension by FIFA, after he encouraged fans to burn Lionel Messi shirts and pictures.

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Jibril Rajoub has additionally been fined 20,000 Swiss francs (£15,826) for “inciting hatred and violence” with articulations made before a friendly match amongst Argentina and Israel.

In this 12 month ban imposed by FIFA, Jibril Rajoub would not have the capacity to go to football matches in any way, shape or form.

The match was scheduled to be played in June in Jerusalem, however it was cancelled, due to a protest staged by the Palestinians.

In June, Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie had said he trusted his nation’s footballers “were not willing to play the game” against Israel. After the match was dropped, the Palestinian FA issued an announcement expressing gratitude toward Messi and his colleagues.

Palestinian FA also said:

What happened… is a red card from the rest of the world to Israelis,” Rajoub told a news conference, having earlier accused Israel of using the match as a “political tool”


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