The international soccer organization FIFA announced on Wednesday that it would be taking disciplinary steps against Jibril Rajoub, chairman of the Palestinian Football Association (PFA), for threatening Lionel Messi, the star striker of the Argentinian soccer team.
Rajoub had urged fans to burn pictures and shirts of Messi if he played in a friendly soccer game against Israel in Jerusalem that was canceled.
Israel FA has filed a complaint to FIFA only against the Palestinian FA and the president of the PFA, Jibril Rajoub.
Palestinian soccer chief says fans should burn Messi's shirt if he plays against Israel in Jerusalem, June 3, 2018 (Reuters)Sports and Culture Minister Miri Regev called Rajoub a terrorist, and said she felt vindicated by the decision.She had said that the cancellation was due to the threats against Messi, while her political opponents charged that it was because she moved the game from Haifa to Jerusalem.“Rajoub has made the soccer playing field into a battlefield,” Regev told the Knesset plenum after holding up a poster of Palestinian threats against Messi.
Israeli football will continue to be part of the international community, and the State of Israel will continue to enjoy great sympathy in the World Football Association.”The organization said in a Facebook post on June 7 that it was disheartened by the cancellation and was looking to take steps against Rajoub.“The Association views with severity the physical and brutal threats that crossed every redline made by Palestinian Football Association chair Jibril Rajoub,” the IFA said.