Monday, June 18, 2012

UEFA's Turn "at bat"

Palestine: FIFA urged to cancel European football tournament in Israel

Palestine football leaders have urged UEFA to remove Israel as the 2013 European Under-21 Championship host nation for jailing Palestinian national team players without trial.

Palestine federation president Jibril Rajoub wrote to UEFA President Michel Platini to say that Israel's government is in "direct violation of FIFA regulations." ...

See the whole story here, courtesy of The Muslim News.

Kicking Back Comments: I would have the same warning for UEFA as I did for FIFA the other day ... be very deliberate if you want to get involved in this one or not.

On another note, I find it interesting (that is to say odd) that as "punishment" for allegedly jailing individuals of a particular citizenship, a soccer tournament is proper to be taken away.

I don't know, even in the extreme, one would seem to far outweigh the other.

Haebous Corpus ... soccer tournament. Not a tough choice, for me anyway.


  1. Thew question i have always had: why is Israel part of UEFA. Isn't Israel located in Asia? Or am I showing my "cultural bias"?

    1. Anon,

      From Wiki Answers:
      "Israel is a country located in the Middle East to the east of the Mediterranean Sea. It is north of Egypt, south of Lebanon and west of Jordan."

      For a full list of member teams, see here ==>

      Regarding any bias we (generically) have, please see my post ==>

      Thanks for reading,