• Mon. Oct 3rd, 2022

FIFA has launched a secret investigation into the president of the Palestinian Football Association, Jibril Rajoub, on suspicion of violating FIFA’s ethical rules. Rajoub is suspected of promoting terrorism, inciting hatred, violence and racism against Israelis and preventing football from being used to build bridges for peace.

According to the Jerusalem Post, Rajoub is being investigated by FIFA on the basis of the report they received from Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) in 2017 “Kick Terror Out of Football”.

The investigation became public knowledge after a letter sent by Martin Ngoga (FIFA’s head of their ethics committee) to Rajoub was leaked. The letter asks Rajoub to respond to the evidence presented in PMW’s report to FIFA.

«To the extent that you dispute one or more parts of the complaint, you are hereby requested to make a statement stating each item, explain why you dispute the item, describe the facts you want to state, clarify or contradict. That is, any documents, lists, or information that support your position, “Ngoga wrote in the letter.

Ngoga also writes that there is sufficient evidence that Rajoub has violated FIFA’s ethical rules. The letter also states that Rajoub is accused of “personally” promoting and glorifying terrorists in an “active and passive way” and of urging Hamas to kidnap soldiers.

Rajoub’s response to the allegations not known at this time.

PMW’s director Itamar Marcus is pleased with FIFA investigator Rajoub. “It is unworthy of FIFA to allow anyone who supports terrorism to have any connection with the organization. Instead of using the beautiful sport to build bridges, promote peace and coexistence, Rajoub uses the position to incite violence, and to promote and glorify terrorism. I hope FIFA – once and for all and will permanently exclude Rajoub from any position in FIFA, and remove the stain from international football, “Marcus said in a comment to the Jerusalem Post.

Head of Palestinian Media Watch, Itamar Marcus. (Photo: Tor-Bjørn Nordgaard)

You can read more about the case < here.</

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