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Fatah: FIFA suspension of Rajoub is an “unfair decision that is biased… politicized, and not based on proper and clear legal principles and foundations”

Headline: "Fatah: FIFA's decision against Rajoub is cruel and politically biased"
     "The Fatah Movement opposed the FIFA decision against Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association [and Fatah Central Committee Secretary] Jibril Rajoub (refers to FIFA sanctions against Rajoub for inciting hatred and violence; see note below –Ed.). [Fatah] said that this is an unfair decision that is biased in favor of the Israeli occupation, politicized, and not based on proper and clear legal principles and foundations."

FIFA imposed sanctions on Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association and Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub on Aug. 24, 2018, suspending him from attending games for 12 months and fining him 20,000 Swiss francs. This was in response to a detailed complaint submitted by PMW and Rajoub’s actions to thwart a football friendly match between Argentina and Israel in Jerusalem in June 2018, which eventually made Argentina cancel the match. FIFA explained that Rajoub was being punished "for breaching article 53 (Inciting hatred and violence) of theFIFA Disciplinary Code, following media statements he gave calling on football fans to target the Argentinian Football Association and burn jerseys and pictures of Lionel Messi."

Jibril Rajoub also holds the following positions: Head of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee, and Chairman of the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA).
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