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The Palestinian football chief on Sunday accused FIFA's leadership of bowing to Israeli pressure to stay out of a dispute between Israel and the Palestinians over play in the occupied West Bank.
FIFA's leadership refused Friday to intervene in a dispute between Israel and the Palestinians over football in the occupied territories, opening up a likely confrontation at the international sports tribunal.
Any attempt by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to pressure FIFA over the issue of Israeli clubs in the West Bank was unprecedented, Palestinian football chief Jibril Rajoub said Monday.
Palestinian football chief Jibril Rajoub on Monday renewed calls for FIFA to exclude Israel over games played in settlements on occupied land, expressing disappointment at the world's body's recommendations.
A UN resolution condemning settlements has raised pressure on FIFA to take action against Israeli football clubs based in the occupied West Bank, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.
The Palestinian football chief told AFP Tuesday he would appeal to the world's top sports court if FIFA fails to punish Israel over clubs based in the occupied West Bank.
Palestinian children marched on an Israeli settlement to play football there on Tuesday, in a protest ahead of a key FIFA meeting to discuss teams from Israeli settlements.
FIFA presidential hopeful Tokyo Sexwale pledged on Wednesday to push for free movement for Palestinian footballers during a visit to the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
The Palestine football team played a World Cup qualifier at home for the first time on Tuesday, holding the United Arab Emirates to a goalless draw in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
The fate of a high profile Palestinian football match was in doubt Friday with Gaza officials saying Israel was barring players from travel to the West Bank, a charge denied by the Jewish state.