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Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile calls on FAI to cancel Israel Qualifier

20 September, 2018 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile


Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile has called on the Football Association of Ireland to pull out of the upcoming U21 Euro Qualifier which is set to take place in Israel on Thursday 11 October. 

Speaking after meeting with the Chief Executive of the FAI along with Sinéad Ennis MLA at Leinster House today, Niall Ó Donnghaile said:

“Today I met with the FAI and asked them to reconsider the planned Under 21 Euro Qualifier which is set to take place in Israel on Thursday 11 October. 

“Israel is an apartheid state which is involved in the slaughter of Palestinian civilians, flagrant human rights abuses while showing complete disregard for international law. 

“Palestinian footballers and facilities have been deliberately targeted by Israeli military and the national team blocked from partaking in international fixtures due to disgraceful restrictions placed on them by the Israelis. 

“Sinn Féin support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign which involves the economic, cultural and sporting boycott of the Israeli state.

“UEFA have a responsibility not to put countries in the position of facing Israel in competitive fixtures by expelling them from their competitions while Israel continues its onslaught against the Palestinian people.” 

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