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

without trial.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter is asking Israeli soccer leaders for

”urgent” help.