Please Update your browser

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.
Just click on the icons to get to the download page.

Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Post
Video Weather icon 30°C
DKI Jakarta, Indonesia
weather-icon
30°C Partly Cloudy

Dry and mostly cloudy throughout the day.

  • weather-icon

    Wed

    26℃ - 32℃

  • weather-icon

    Thu

    25℃ - 32℃

  • weather-icon

    Fri

    25℃ - 31℃

  • weather-icon

    Sat

    26℃ - 30℃

Palestinian FA boss gets 12-month 'match' ban over Messi comments

  • News Desk

    Agence France-Presse

Geneva, Switzerland | Fri, August 24, 2018 | 10:10 pm
Palestinian FA boss gets 12-month 'match' ban over Messi comments Argentina's forward Lionel Messi reacts during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group D soccer match between Argentina and Croatia at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod on June 21, 2018. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev )

FIFA on Friday hit the Palestinian Football Association chief with a year-long "match" ban after he called for protests against Lionel Messi over plans for Argentina to play Israel in Jerusalem.

In a statement, FIFA said it had sanctioned PFA president Jibril Rajoub for breaching codes against "inciting hatred and violence... following media statements he gave calling on football fans to target the Argentinian Football Association and burn jerseys and pictures of Lionel Messi." 

Rajoub had demanded that the Barcelona star not take part in the pre-World Cup friendly against Israel sceduled for June 9 and called on fans to burn shirts bearing his name if he did.

Rajoub told a June 3 press conference that Messi, "has tens of millions of fans in the Arab and Muslim countries... we ask everyone to burn their shirts which bear his name and posters (with his image)."

Under the sanction, Rajoub can still remain in office as PFA president but has restrictions imposed on his role. 

He is barred from attending "football matches or competitions in any official capacity, which includes, among others, participating in media activities at stadiums or in their vicinity on matchdays," FIFA said, without specifying restrictions on non-matchday events. 

The suspension is distinct from a more draconian FIFA sanction which bans wrongdoers from taking part in all "football related activities."

The sold-out Argentina-Israel friendly was originally meant to be held in Haifa but was moved to Jerusalem by Israel's right-wing sports minister, Miri Regev, sparking Palestinian protests.

Palestinians claim the eastern part of Jerusalem, annexed by Israel, as the capital of their future state. Israel considers the entire city its own, "indivisible" capital.

On June 5, Argentina said it was pulling out of the game. Argentine FA president Claudio Tapia spoke of unspecified "threats" to the team.

Israel then announced that it would file a complaint to FIFA, accusing Rajoub of pressuring Argentine players and officials into cancelling.

Rotem Kamer, vice-president of the Israeli FA, has accused Rajoub of "football terror".

Join the discussions