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Players should pull out of Israel soccer friendly - Sheehan

9 September, 2018 - by Pat Sheehan

Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan said if the IFA fail to cancel Tuesday’s soccer friendly with Israel, players should pull out of the fixture. 

Speaking at a rally at the International Wall, the West Belfast MLA said: 

“We held a protest against the IFA’s plans to play a soccer friendly against the Israeli national team at Windsor Park on Tuesday night

“We have called on the IFA to cancel this match in the same way that the Argentinian national team pulled out of a pre-World Cup game with the Israelis earlier this year.

“Israel is an apartheid state which is involved in the slaughter of Palestinian civilians and flagrant human rights abuse whilst also violating international law. 

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

“Apartheid has no place in sport and fans should highlight this by leaving the stands empty. 

“At this late stage, I am urging the IFA to cancel Tuesday’s match and if they fail to do so, players should pull out of this fixture.”

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