aspacpalestine.com – Palestine.The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will hear an appeal on Monday against FIFA’s response to a complaint Palestinians lodged against the Israeli football league.
The Palestinian Football Association has long raised objections that Israeli football teams based in West Bank settlements violate FIFA regulations, which prohibit games from being held in a member federation’s territory without its authorisation.
The association is challenging FIFA’s decision not to vote on a proposal it put forward “in which it sought the recognition of its rights to run football activities in accordance with the FIFA statutes”.
The Palestinian association has sought disciplinary steps against the Israeli clubs. The six teams – all members of the Israeli Football Association – are located in the settlements of Ariel, Givat Ze’ev, Oranit, Tomer and Ma’ale Adumim.
In May, the world football body gave its council until March 2018 to examine findings from a monitoring committee established to look into the issue. Then, last month, FIFA announced that it would not take action on the issue of the settlement teams.
In its appeal the Palestinian federation has asked the CAS to revoke FIFA’s decision not to vote on the proposal it put forward and to compel it to do so immediately.