FIFA urges Israel to help jailed Palestine player
FIFA President Sepp Blatter has called on Israel football
leaders to ”urgently” help a Palestine player on hunger strike in
Blatter has written to the Israel Football Association of his
”grave concern” after receiving reports that ”several Palestine
football players have allegedly been illegally detained.”
Blatter asks IFA President Avi Luzon to intervene with Israeli
authorities with ”utmost urgency” because of the ”alarming
situation” facing Mahmoud Sarsak.
Sarsak is reported to have been on hunger strike for almost
Palestine officials and global players’ union FIFPro says Sarsak
has been held without trial since 2009.
They say he was stopped at a Gaza Strip checkpoint while
traveling to an international match.