FIFA urges Israel to help jailed Palestine player

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has called on Israel soccer leaders

to ”urgently” help a Palestine player on hunger strike in Israeli

custody.

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

three months.

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.