Palestinian FA President to Appeal ‘Unfair’ 12-Month FIFA Ban

The head of the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) has said that he will appeal against his year-long FIFA ban for inciting fans against Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi.

Jibril Rajoub said on Monday that he was prepared to fight the decision by football’s world governing body all the way to the court in The Hague if he has to.

FIFA banned Rajoub from attending matches for a year over his involvement in a campaign to prevent Argentina from playing Israel in a friendly international before the World Cup in June.

Rajoub incited hatred and violence, according to FIFA, by calling on football fans to target the Argentinian Football Association and burn jerseys and pictures of Lionel Messi.

Argentina canceled the game.

Rajoub told reporters in Ramallah that FIFA’s decision was unfair and politically motivated.

Rajoub has long lobbied FIFA to sanction Israel for its restriction of movement of Palestinian players.

Source: Palestine Chronicle