SA activists call for Tokyo Sexwale’s resignation from FIFA

Pro-Palestinian activists in South Africa are demanding that Tokyo Sexwale resigns from FIFA, ahead of today’s FIFA Council meeting taking place in India. The politician and anti-apartheid activist is the head of FIFA’s Israel Palestine Monitoring Committee. A group of Palestinian solidarity organisations such as South African Jews for a[…]

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BDS: FIFA complicit in human rights abuses by Israel

While the hunger strike of some 1500 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli detention centres continues, another fight for Palestine is taking place in the sports arena. Following years of contestation against Israel’s continued acceptance into the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), activists in recent weeks have rallied around the[…]

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Palestinians call on FIFA to ban matches in settlements

An official from the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) on Tuesday called on football’s ruling body FIFA to ban Israeli teams from playing matches in Jewish-only settlements across the occupied West Bank. “By allowing games to be held on Palestinian land where settlements have been built, FIFA is involved in political[…]

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Fifa candidate linked to Bahrain crackdown

Human rights organisations have reacted with alarm to the Bahraini royal Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa becoming the new favourite to succeed Sepp Blatter as Fifa president, citing his family’s role in the brutal suppression of the country’s pro-democracy demonstrations in 2011. Sheikh Salman, the Asian Football Confederation president, is[…]

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Fifas Blatter, Platini given provisional bans

Sepp Blatter, FIFA president, and his possible successor, UEFA chief Michel Platini, have been provisionally suspended for 90 days by the global football body’s ethics committee. The committee also handed out a 90-day suspension to Jerome Valcke, FIFA secretary general, who had already been put on leave by the football[…]

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Switzerland extradites FIFA official to US

A Fifa official arrested in Switzerland has been extradited to the US as part of a corruption investigation into the international football governing body. The Swiss Federal Office of Justice did not name the official, but the news came six days after it was reported that Jeffrey Webb – one[…]

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FIFA bans ex-official Blazer for life

Former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer, a key figure in a US investigation into corruption by football officials, has been banned for life from football activities by the sport’s governing body. Blazer, who in 2013 secretly pleaded guilty in the US to bribery and financial offences, was found by FIFA’s[…]

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