Fifa must ban these Israeli settlement teams, if it wants a level...

Fifa must ban these Israeli settlement teams, if it wants a level playing field | Ben Jamal

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Fifa must ban these Israeli settlement teams, if it wants a level playing field | Ben Jamal
There is a rising tide of pressure, including UN intervention, calling for exclusion. Any other decision would go against football’s core principle of impartiality

As a follower of football, I am passionate and partisan when supporting my team. But, like all fans, I am infuriated when I sense that a referee is not applying the rules impartially. At the heart of the beautiful game is that simple principle of fairness: that we are all playing on a level playing field.

Holding true to that fundamental has enabled sport to play a leading role in addressing wider societal inequalities – as, for example, when the sporting boycott of South Africa played such a key role in addressing apartheid. There’s no reason it shouldn’t do likewise in Palestine.

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