The owner of Beitar Jerusalem said on Friday he was putting the Israeli Premier League club up for sale because he felt ashamed of supporters who threw smoke bombs, flares and firecrackers at a Europa League qualifying round match in Belgium.
Everyone is talking about Carli Lloyd, the U.S. soccer star who scored a hat trick at the World Cup final. But did you know that her high school coach, Rudi Klobach, was a Holocaust survivor?
The head of the Palestine Football Association came under fire for withdrawing a request to suspend Israel from FIFA, the international soccer body.
In their rush to declare victory in the FIFA fight, Israeli politicians seemed to ignore the irony of charging a prominent anti-apartheid activist with adjudicating Palestinian claims of Israeli discrimination.
FIFA’s corruption scandal has added to Israel’s concerns that it could lose a looming vote in world soccer’s governing body on a Palestinian proposal to suspend it from international soccer.
The corruption allegations against the world soccer body FIFA are damning, but frankly, they couldn’t have come at a better time for Israel. With the world distracted, the Palestinians’ long-shot bid to get Israel suspended looks even less likely.
The head of world soccer’s governing body said on Wednesday Israel had proposed easing travel restrictions for Palestinian players but the head of the Palestine FA insisted he would pursue a move to have Israel suspended from FIFA.
On top of land, settlements, resources and borders, Israel and the Palestinians can add another dispute to their long history of conflict - soccer.
The world soccer federation’s boss, Sepp Blatter, is preparing to travel to Jerusalem and Ramallah in a bid to resolve a dispute over a Palestinian effort to have Israel banned from the association.
The head of the Palestinian Football Association reinforced his call for Israel to be suspended from FIFA on Thursday, saying the Israeli Football Association was part of an “apartheid, racist government” that was damaging Palestinian soccer.