FIFA: Disciplinary Committee sanctions Palestinian FA President

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The FIFA Disciplinary Committee levied a 12-month match ban against Palestinian Football Association President Jibril Rajoub on Friday for threatening statements made in the run up to the cancelled friendly match between Argentina and Israel that was scheduled to take place in advance of this summer's World Cup in Russia. 

A statement released by FIFA on Friday outlined the decision and its implications: 

The Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned the President of the Palestinian Football Association (PFA), Jibril Rajoub, with a 12-month match suspension and a fine of CHF 20,000 for breaching article 53 (Inciting hatred and violence) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, following media statements he gave calling on football fans to target the Argentinian Football Association and burn jerseys and pictures of Lionel Messi.

These statements were made ahead of a friendly match scheduled for 9 June 2018 in Jerusalem between Israel and Argentina. The match was later cancelled. The Disciplinary Committee held that Mr Rajoub’s statements incited hatred and violence, and consequently imposed the above-mentioned sanctions.

The 12-month match suspension imposed on Mr Rajoub entails a ban on taking part in any future match or competition taking place during the given period. Consequently, Mr Rajoub will not be able to attend football matches or competitions in any official capacity, which includes, among others, participating in media activities at stadiums or in their vicinity on matchdays.

The 12-month match suspension becomes effective today, when the grounds of the decision have been notified.