FIFA’s Silence on Israel and Gaza Conflict Sparks Debate Over Accountability in Sports World

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FIFA has been criticized by Palestinian football players, officials, and fans for not taking action to sanction and ban Israel amid the ongoing conflict in Gaza. Thousands of innocent lives have been lost, including many children, and the outcry from Palestinians and their supporters has been growing. They urge FIFA to hold Israel accountable for its actions.

FIFA’s swift action in banning Russia and Russian football clubs from international competitions when Russia invaded Ukraine has set a precedent for holding countries accountable for their actions. Despite being strong contenders in the playoffs for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup, Russia was eliminated following their invasion, a decision that was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

However, FIFA has remained silent on the issue of Israel’s involvement in the conflict in Gaza. Calls for action have intensified, particularly in the lead-up to Israel’s Path B playoff final in the Euro 2024 qualifiers. The match was held on neutral ground in Budapest, Hungary due to the ongoing conflict.

Despite multiple requests for comment from Al Jazeera, FIFA has failed to respond to inquiries about the situation. The demand for FIFA to address Israel’s actions and potential consequences in the world of football continues to gain momentum, with many advocating for the banning of Israel’s football team as a form of accountability.

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