TEL AVIV— The head of the Palestinian Football Association, Jibril Rajoub, said he would appeal FIFA’s decision to ban him for inciting fans to “hatred and violence” against Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi as part of an intense Palestinian campaign that he launched in a bid to stop Argentina from playing a warm-up game in Israel this summer. Rajoub at the time called on Arab soccer fans to burn posters and shirts of Messi if the game went ahead. Rajoub, who also heads up the Palestinian Olympic Committee, is a former terrorist who has served time in Israeli jails, routinely glorifies terror and refers to Jews as “Satan.”Rajoub’s campaign succeeded and the friendly match was cancelled. The PA sports chief was banned from attending any soccer matches for a year, which will include the 019 Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates and the start of the 2022 World Cup qualifying matches. Rajoub … [Read more...] about Palestinian Soccer Head To Appeal FIFA Ban For Incitement Against Messi
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International football governing body FIFA has told Iran it should allow women into football stadiums. FIFA president Gianni Infantino said he expects to see "positive developments" on the issue, starting with Iran's next home game in October. While foreign women have been allowed limited access to matches, Iranian women have been banned from stadiums when men's teams have been playing since just after the 1979 Islamic revolution. Infantino said in a FIFA statement he was hopeful that the Iranian football federation and government authorities had been receptive to "our repeated calls to address this unacceptable situation". He added: "Our position is clear and firm. Women have to be allowed into football stadiums in Iran. Now is the moment to change things and FIFA is expecting positive developments starting in the next Iran home match in October." Iran, who have qualified for five World Cup finals, including each of the last two, will play host tp Cambodia on 10 October in their first … [Read more...] about Watch: FIFA tells Iran women must be allowed into stadiums
Sep 23, 6:13 PM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury World By Emmeline MOORE 09/23/19 AT 5:09 PM Lionel Messi won the FIFA Men's Player of the Year award on Monday with Megan Rapinoe bagging the women's prize to cap a historic year for the United States' World Cup icon.Barcelona striker Messi's victory in Milan was a surprise as he edged out Virgil Van Dijk, who won the UEFA player's award last month after helping Liverpool to the Champions League last season.Juventus's forward Cristiano Ronaldo had also been shortlisted for the award, but did not attend the ceremony as he lost out to his rival in the famous La Scala opera house.Both Messi, 32, and Van Dijk, 28, are now in the running for the coveted Ballon d'Or which will be announced on December 2.Rapinoe beat fellow World Cup winner Alex Morgan and England's Lucy Bronze to the women's title, with US coach Jill Ellis winning women's coaching award.The 34-year-old Rapinoe … [Read more...] about Messi, Rapinoe Win FIFA Player Of The Year Awards
Sep 23, 8:39 PM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury World By Emmeline MOORE 09/23/19 AT 8:04 PM Lionel Messi won the FIFA Men's Player of the Year award as beaten rival Cristiano Ronaldo stayed away from the star-studded ceremony in Milan's iconic La Scala Opera House on Monday.Barcelona striker Messi's victory was a surprise as he edged out Virgil Van Dijk, who won the UEFA player's award last month after helping Liverpool to the Champions League last season.Juventus forward Ronaldo had also been shortlisted for the award, but did not attend the ceremony as he was named in FIFA's World 11 best team along with Messi.Both Messi, 32, and Van Dijk, 28, are now in the running for the coveted Ballon d'Or which will be announced on December 2."I want to thank those who decided to give me this recognition," said Messi."The most important thing for me is the collective awards, but today is also a very special night for me."It is … [Read more...] about Messi Wins FIFA Player Of The Year As Ronaldo Skips Ceremony
The Division Bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar of Delhi High Court today concluded arguments and reserved its judgment in the petitions challenging the disqualification of 20 MLAs of Delhi assembly by the President, Ram Nath Kovind, on the Election Commission’s recommendation that they held offices of profit, by virtue of their appointment as Parliamentary Secretaries. As the counsel for the Election Commission, Amit Sharma, and the senior counsel for the MLAs, K.V.Vishwanathan summed up their arguments, it became increasingly clear that the grounds for striking down their disqualification are fairly strong. Although Sharma kept saying that the E.C.’s recommendation is non-existent once President Kovind took a decision on it, he addressed the bench on why the MLAs’ plea that they were not given an opportunity of oral hearing by the E.C. was not tenable. He took the bench through various dates, to convince that the MLAs did get ample … [Read more...] about Office Of Profit: Will Delhi High Court Strike Down Disqualification Of 20 MLAs?