FIFA suspends and fines Palestinian soccer boss for threats against Messi

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The FIFA soccer federation has suspended the head of the Palestinian soccer body for threats made against Argentinian star Lionel Messi.
by JTA | Aug 30, 2018

Jibril Rajoub, who has long lobbied for action by FIFA against Israel, was suspended for a year on Friday by the body’s ethics committee in Switzerland, Ynet reported.

In June, he urged supporters to burn photos and player jerseys if Messi or his Argentinian national team were to show up for a scheduled friendly match against the Israeli national team in Jerusalem. Messi subsequently pulled out of the game, and his team stayed away in what was widely seen as a major victory for the effort to boycott Israel.

FIFA, which last year rejected indefinitely Rajoub’s repeated requests to discuss sanctions against Israel, opened an ethics hearing into his conduct, which the organisation deemed an incitement to violence.

Rajoub was also fined $20 000 (R287 000)



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