Abbas meets FIFA president for sports talks
By Qais Abu Samra, Monday, May 26, 2014
RAMALLAH – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday met with FIFA President Sepp Blatter in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Speaking at the meeting, Abbas accused the Israeli government of "placing obstacles before Palestinian sports in violation of international laws."
Abbas thanked Blatter for supporting Palestinian football, "which has helped it flourish remarkably."
Blatter, for his part, said he had come to the Palestinian territories "to discuss the sport problem between the Palestinians and Israelis in order to separate sports from politics."
Blatter arrived in the Palestinian territories on Monday from Jordanian capital Amman.
He is scheduled to arrive in Israel on Tuesday, where he is expected to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Palestinian Football Association President Jibril Rajoub recently announced his intention to urge members of the FIFA Congress to sanction Israel following the arrest of a Palestinian footballer and the shooting of two other players.
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