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FIFA’s Silence on Israel and Gaza Conflict Sparks Controversy

FIFA has been under fire from Palestinian football players, officials, and fans for not taking action against Israel amid the ongoing conflict in Gaza. Thousands of innocent lives have been lost, including many children, and the outcry from Palestinians and their supporters has been growing. They urge the governing body of international football to hold Israel accountable.

Comparisons have been made to FIFA’s swift action in banning Russia and Russian football clubs from international competitions when Russia invaded Ukraine. Despite being strong contenders in the playoffs for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup, Russia was quickly eliminated by FIFA following their invasion. The decision was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

FIFA has remained silent on Israel’s involvement in the conflict in Gaza, despite multiple requests for comment from Al Jazeera. Calls for action have intensified, particularly in the lead-up to Israel’s Path B playoff final in the Euro 2024 qualifiers. The match, in which Iceland emerged victorious with a 4-1 result, was held on neutral ground in Budapest, Hungary due to the ongoing conflict.

Despite these precedents, FIFA has failed to address Israel’s actions and potential consequences in the world of football. Many advocate for the banning of Israel’s football team as a form of accountability.

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