UN sets out position on Israeli settlement football clubs in letter to...

UN sets out position on Israeli settlement football clubs in letter to Fifa

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UN sets out position on Israeli settlement football clubs in letter to Fifa

Warning over validity comes before meeting this week to discuss issue of Israeli teams playing in West Bank

A senior United Nations official has written to Fifa to reiterate that the UN regards Israeli settlements – and by extension Israeli football teams that play in them – to be “without validity” and “illegal under international law”.

Wilfried Lemke, the UN special adviser on sport for development and peace, said all clubs playing in Fifa-recognised competitions should abide by its statutes – a demand being invoked by pro-Palestinian campaigners who want six settlement clubs to either relocate to Israeli territory or be banned from Fifa competition.

Related: Fifa urged to kick out Israeli football clubs located in West Bank

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