UEFA urged to remove Israel as under-21 Euro host
Palestine soccer officials want UEFA to remove Israel as the
2013 European Under-21 Championship host nation for jailing
Palestine national team players without trial.
Palestine federation president Jibril Rajoub wrote to UEFA
President Michel Platini to say that Israel’s government is in
”direct violation of FIFA regulations.”
Rajoub asks Platini ”to not give Israel the honor to host the
next UEFA Under-21 Championship.”
Israel is set to stage the eight-nation tournament across four
venues from June 5-18 next year.
Rajoub says Israel has jailed Palestine player Mahmoud Sarsak
for three years as an ”illegal combatant.” Sarsak began a hunger
strike three months ago.
Rajoub’s letter said two other players also are being held
FIFA President Sepp Blatter is asking Israeli soccer leaders for