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FIFA’s Silence on Israel in Gaza Sparks Controversy, Comparisons to Russia: Will FIFA Take Action Now?

The ongoing conflict in Gaza has led to disappointment among Palestinian football players, officials, and fans towards FIFA for not taking action against Israel. FIFA has not taken any action against Israel despite the thousands of innocent lives lost, including many children. The outcry from Palestinians and their supporters is growing as they urge FIFA to hold Israel accountable for its actions.

Comparisons have been made to FIFA’s immediate and decisive action in banning Russia and Russian football clubs from international competitions when Russia invaded Ukraine. Despite being strong contenders in the playoffs for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup, Russia was swiftly eliminated by FIFA following their invasion. This decision was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Despite these precedents, 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.

FIFA has failed to respond to multiple requests for comment from Al Jazeera about the situation. Many advocates are calling for FIFA to ban Israel’s football team as a form of accountability.

The demand for FIFA to address Israel’s actions and potential consequences in the world of football continues to gain momentum. Palestinians are disappointed that FIFA has not taken any action against Israel despite its involvement in an ongoing conflict that has resulted in thousands of innocent lives being lost.

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