JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) chief Sepp Blatter, visiting the Middle East to try to persuade the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) to drop a proposal to suspend Israel from the world body as he has proposed a peace match between Israel and Palestine.
Blatter appeared at a news conference in Jerusalem after meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and said he was “on a mission of peace”. He meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and PFA chief Jibril Rajoub .
“One item I can tell you that I spoke about with (Netanyahu)… to arrange a match for peace between the national teams of Israel and Palestine and FIFA would be happy to organize it,” Blatter said.
If FIFA were to suspend Israel, it would bar all its teams and clubs from competing in international competitions such as the Champions League and Euro 2016 qualifiers.
Israel is a member of European soccer’s governing body Union of European Football Associations (Uefa) and Palestine is part of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
A motion will take place on May 28, 2015 at the next FIFA congress to determine whether or not Israel will be banned from the next international competition.
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