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Blatter: Palestinians showed ‘big heart’ in dropping anti-Israel proposal

FIFA president commends Palestinians for ‘exceptional gesture’ of removing proposal to suspend Israel from world soccer.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Palestinians ‘acted with a big heart’ by withdrawing their proposal to suspend Israel from the world soccer body. He commended the Palestinians for the gesture and said he hoped football could help lead to a resolution of the conflict.

“For the 3rd time consecutively at a FIFA Congress the situation between two federations, Israel and Palestine, has emerged. Yesterday we witnessed how Palestine acted with a big heart,” he said.

608015315992897640360noFIFA President Sepp Blatter (Photo: Reuters)

Speaking to reporters at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich, Blatter said the Palestinians were “convinced that they could win a vote” but instead removed the proposal from the agenda. “This is an exceptional gesture that deserves to be commended, and I hope that this gesture will serve as a happy omen in the region between the two federations, but also between the two countries.

Blatter further emphasized his hope that “maybe football can be the precursor towards a solution that everybody wants. The two federations are independent, but they have proved that they can work together.”



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