FIFA’s Silence on Israel in Gaza Fuels Calls for Sanctions and Ban of Its Football Team

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In the wake of Israel’s involvement in the ongoing conflict in Gaza, Palestinian football players, officials, and fans have expressed their disappointment with FIFA for not taking action to sanction and ban Israel. The outcry from Palestinians and their supporters has been growing as they urge the governing body of international football to hold Israel accountable.

The situation has drawn comparisons to FIFA’s swift action in banning Russia and Russian football clubs from international competitions following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Despite being strong contenders in the playoffs for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup, Russia was eliminated by FIFA following their invasion, a decision that was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

However, despite these precedents, FIFA has remained silent on Israel’s involvement in the conflict in Gaza. Calls for action have intensified, particularly in the lead-up to Israel’s Path B playoff final in the Euro 2024 qualifiers. The match was held on neutral ground in Budapest, Hungary due to the ongoing conflict.

Despite multiple requests for comment from Al Jazeera, FIFA has failed to respond to inquiries about the situation. The demand for FIFA to address Israel’s actions and potential consequences in the world of football continues to gain momentum, with many advocating for the banning of Israel’s football team as a form of accountability.

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