OC­TO­BER

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FIFA will rule on the is­sue of Is­raeli clubs play­ing in the West Bank in Oc­to­ber, pres­i­dent Gianni In­fantino said on Thurs­day, once again de­lay­ing a de­ci­sion on the con­tentious is­sue.

Fifa’s an­nual Congress voted to back — by a ma­jor­ity of 73 to 27 per cent — a pro­posal that pushed foot­ball’s gov­ern­ing body to re­port by March 2018, but In­fantino said feed­back would come be­fore then.

“We will take re­spon­si­bil­ity and we will take a de­ci­sion on this mat­ter,” he said.

He said a de­ci­sion would be made at the next Fifa Coun­cil meet­ing, which takes place in In­dia on Oct 27.

The Pales­tine Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (PFA) ar­gue that the pres­ence of six Is­raeli clubs on their ter­ri­tory is in breach of Fifa statutes, which for­bids an­other mem­ber as­so­ci­a­tion play­ing on an­other ter­ri­tory with­out per­mis­sion.

Is­rael ar­gues that Fifa rules are un­en­force­able as there is no per­ma­nent

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