So did politics enter their heads when they decided to limit Palestinian football players movement? You reap what you sow, Israel. We hope that FIFA does indeed ban you for the transgressions you have done to the Palestinian players!
WATCH: Israel players appeal to FIFA over possible ban
‘We leave the politics aside to play football,’ say soccer players ahead of vote that could push Israel out of FIFA.
Published: 05.24.15, 12:51 / Israel Culture
Israeli soccer players published a video Thursday appealing to FIFA to dismiss the Palestinian bid to expel Israel from the international football’s governing body.
The video, uploaded ahead of the annual FIFA Congress on May 28, by The New Organization of Football Players in Israel, calls on FIFA to leave politics off of the soccer pitch and “Play the ball not the state.”
“Football is universal, we leave the politics aside to play football,” players are heard saying in English. “Football is a beautiful game, so please don’t spoil it, all of us together: Jews, Muslims and Christians.”
Similar messages are repeated in Hebrew and Arabic by a culturally diverse set of players.
The Palestinians have sought a vote at the FIFA Congress claiming abuse of Palestinian footballers by Israel.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter has made it clear he opposes the vote but that “a solution is only a realistic proposition when those who are privileged are prepared to concede something and contribute to equality.