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Kick Israel out of UEFA - Ó Donnghaile

10 October, 2018 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile

Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile has expressed disappointment that Ireland will press ahead with tomorrow’s U21 Euro Qualifier in Israel. 

Niall Ó Donnghaile said:

“Tomorrow, Ireland will play an Under 21 qualifier in Israel. This is disappointing given the continued war crimes inflicted on the Palestinian people by the Israeli state. 

“The people of Ireland have a long and proud history of standing in solidarity with the Palestinian people against apartheid and the seemingly endless massacres carried out by the Israeli army. 

“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. 

“Despite all of this, Israeli football teams continue to ignore international law by playing on settlements which are placed on land stolen from Palestine. Ireland should stand against this.

“Apartheid has no place in sport and UEFA have a responsibility not to put countries, associations and players in the unfair and unjust position of having to face Israel in competitive fixtures by expelling them from their competitions.”

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