Muslim, Jewish Israeli Soccer Players Call on FIFA to Keep Politics Out of Sport (VIDEO)
Israeli soccer players have published a video calling on FIFA members to keep politics out of sports, in response to a push by the Palestinian Football Association to have Israel suspended from the international body, Israel’s Channel 2 reported on Thursday.
The clip, featuring representatives of the Israeli Football Association, was part of a campaign called, “One World, One Ball.” It was produced with the participation of male and female football players representing all three Abrahamic faiths and it urged FIFA to keep politics off the field.
The joint campaign includes the participation of the Israeli Foreign Ministry and the Israeli Football Association and is aimed to ensure that a vote in FIFA’s congress next week in Switzerland on the Palestinian call to suspend Israel would be rejected.
The video, which has been circulating on YouTube, will be played at FIFA’s congress in Zurich and at Israeli embassies worldwide.
About a month ago, Theo van Seggelen, secretary-general of world soccer union FIFPro, called on FIFA members to reject the Palestinian proposal and on both sides to resolve their disputes through negotiations rather than boycotts.
Watch the One World, One Ball video below: