Platini: ’I’ll Kick Israel Out Of Europe’
Palestine Monitor2 October 2010The UEFA President has taken a tough stance, "Israel must choose between allowingPalestinian sport to continue and prosper or be forced to face the consequences for theirbehaviour."Michel Platini, president of European football’s ruling body, threatened Israel with expulsionfrom the union if it continues to undermine football in Palestine. His comments this week were prompted by Israel’s refusal to allow six of the Palestinian national team to travel fromGaza to a match with Mauritania in August.Israeli spokesmen said the players were denied access for “security reasons”, claiming theydid not have the correct permit. Protests were held in the West Bank town of Al-Ram andPalestinian Football Federation (PFF) President Djibril Rajoub vowed to take the matterfurther and
"demand the removal of Israel from international sporting organizations."
Following a conversation with Rajoub, Platini, president of the European Union of FootballAssociations (Uefa), took a strong stance on Israel’s restrictions.
“We accepted them in Europe and furnished them with the conditions for membership and they must respect theletter of the laws and international regulations otherwise there is no justification for them toremain in Europe”,
“Israel must choose between allowing Palestinian sport tocontinue and prosper or be forced to face the consequences for their behaviour
." Platiniadded that International Football Federation (FIFA) chief Sepp Blatter had struck a similartone during a private phone conversationPalestinian football has been frequently disrupted by policies of the occupation, althoughinformally there are agreements to leave it untouched as a
Thedomestic league season is often shut down prematurely; only seven seasons have beencompleted since 1977 and players are commonly subjected to harassment and violence. Two