FIFA’s Silence on Israel and Gaza Crisis Sparks Intensified Calls for Action

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FIFA has been criticized for not taking action to sanction and ban Israel amid the ongoing conflict in Gaza, which has resulted in the deaths of more than 31,000 people, including 13,000 children, according to health officials. The lack of action from FIFA has sparked increased calls for action leading up to Israel’s Path B playoff final in the Euro 2024 qualifiers.

Despite Russia’s strong position in the playoffs for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup, they were directly eliminated by FIFA in response to their invasion of Ukraine two years ago. However, as the conflict in Gaza continues, FIFA has remained silent on the matter.

In a show of solidarity, a football fan held up a sign outside Etihad Stadium in Manchester City, England, calling for action against Israel in light of the ongoing conflict in Gaza. The sentiment among Palestinian football players, officials, and fans is one of frustration and disappointment at FIFA’s inaction in addressing the situation with Israel amidst the ongoing crisis in Gaza.

The situation with Israel and its impact on football has drawn comparisons to FIFA’s quick decision to ban Russia and Russian football clubs following their invasion of Ukraine two years ago. This decision was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

FIFA has acknowledged receiving requests for comment from Al Jazeera but has yet to respond to the inquiries. The lack of action from FIFA has only intensified the plea for the governing body to take a stand against Israel’s football team amidst war in Gaza.

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