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FIFA has been under criticism from Palestinian football players, officials, and fans for not taking action to sanction and ban Israel amidst the ongoing conflict in Gaza. More than 31,000 people, including 13,000 children, have died in the conflict according to health officials. The situation has led to calls for FIFA to address the issue with Israel and draw comparisons to their quick decision to ban Russia and Russian football clubs following their invasion of Ukraine two years ago.

Despite Russia’s position in the playoffs for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup, they were eliminated by FIFA due to their invasion of Ukraine. The decision was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. However, as the conflict in Gaza continues, FIFA has remained silent on the matter. This has sparked increased calls for action leading up to Israel’s Path B playoff final in the Euro 2024 qualifiers.

The playoff match was played on neutral ground in Budapest, Hungary due to ongoing conflict. FIFA acknowledged receiving requests for comment from Al Jazeera but has yet to respond to any inquiries regarding this matter. The lack of action from FIFA has intensified calls from Palestinian football players, officials and fans alike for the governing body to take a stand against Israel’s football team amidst war in Gaza.

In response, a football fan held up a sign outside Etihad Stadium in Manchester City England calling for action against Israel during light of ongoing conflict in Gaza. This sentiment is echoed among Palestinian football players who expressed frustration and disappointment at FIFA’s failure to address the situation with Israel amidst crisis.

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