CAS hears dispute between FIFA and Palestinians about Israeli football federation

FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland (REUTERS)
Updated 06 March 2018
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CAS hears dispute between FIFA and Palestinians about Israeli football federation

LAUSANNE: The Palestinian soccer federation is challenging FIFA at the Court of Arbitration for Sport for shutting down debate on a dispute with the Israeli federation.
CAS says a scheduled two-day appeal hearing began Tuesday.
Palestinian officials have long urged FIFA to act against teams from settlements playing in the Israeli league. FIFA rules prohibit a federation from organizing games on another member’s territory without permission.
At a May 2017 congress in Bahrain, FIFA delayed a decision on the dispute. FIFA President Gianni Infantino has since ended efforts to mediate between the two federations.
CAS says a verdict is expected within weeks. FIFA has an April 13 deadline for members to submit motions to its next congress, on June 13 in Moscow.


Egypt in surprise bid to be new African Cup host

Updated 14 December 2018
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Egypt in surprise bid to be new African Cup host

  • Egypt’s bid came after Morocco said this week it wouldn’t put itself forward as a candidate
  • Cameroon lost being the host of the Cup because of poor preparations and a violent insurgency in parts of that country

CAIRO: The Egyptian Football Association says it has submitted a bid to replace Cameroon as next year’s African Cup of Nations host, a surprise pitch by the North African country which wasn’t initially thought of as a contender.
Egypt’s bid, announced Thursday to meet Friday’s deadline, came after Morocco said this week it wouldn’t put itself forward as a candidate. Morocco had been considered the front-runner after being a candidate to host the 2026 World Cup. It lost out in that race to a joint United States-Mexico-Canada bid.
The Confederation of African Football has given countries until the end of Friday to submit bids for the 2019 African Cup, which was taken away from Cameroon last month because of poor preparations and a violent insurgency in parts of that country. CAF wants a new host in place by Dec. 31, with the tournament in June and July looming.
South Africa is another possible stand-in host, but the South African Football Association hasn’t confirmed it will bid and says it needs government approval before any decision.