Israeli, Palestinian Leaders Meet With FIFA Over Soccer Relations

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FIFA says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have met with its envoy trying to broker better relations between the two sides’ soccer federations.

FIFA says its monitoring committee chairman, Tokyo Sexwale of South Africa, held separate talks in Jerusalem and Ramallah on Monday and Tuesday.

FIFA says President Gianni Infantino and secretary general Fatma Samoura “have both committed to visiting the region at the appropriate time in the near future.”

Palestinian soccer leaders want Israel expelled from FIFA over security restrictions on players and opposing teams moving in and out of its territories, plus Israel allowing clubs from settlements to play in its competitions.

Sexwale, a former FIFA presidential candidate, says he will brief the Infantino-chaired council at a Jan. 9-10 meeting in Zurich.

SOURCE: The Associated Press

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