Palestinian Authority cancels meeting with FIFA president
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Palestinian Authority cancels meeting with FIFA president

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The Palestinian Authority has canceled a meeting with FIFA President Gianni Infantino, Army Radio reported on Monday.

The cancellation is due to Infantino’s scheduled appearance at Monday’s Friedman Center’s inaugural gala at the Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem. The Friedman Center for Peace through Strength is a non-profit institution established with the goal of advancing peace and prosperity throughout the Middle East.

“I’m happy to be in Israel,” Infantino said, according to N12. “I had a great chat with Israeli Football Association (IFA) Chairman Oren Sasson who presented me with the vision and strategy to promote Israeli football to the next level,” the FIFA president said.

“The hard work has already started. It is an encouraging time for Israeli football.

PALESTINIAN KIDS protest in favor of ejecting Israel from FIFA, the soccer federation (credit: REUTERS)

The relationship between FIFA, the governing body of international soccer, and the PA has been rocky for some years.

The Palestinian Football Association (PFA) attempted in 2017 to push FIFA into punishing Israel for soccer activity in the West Bank. FIFA refused to take any action.

In 2018, FIFA suspended Jibril Rajoub, chairman of the Palestinian Football Association (PFA), for a year for inciting hate against Lionel Messi.

Rajoub urged Palestinian fans to burn pictures and shirts of Messi if the Argentinian national team played in a friendly soccer game against Israel. The match was eventually canceled.

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