Jibril Rajoub, the president of Palestinian Football Association (PFA) who was handed a one-year ban from football-related activities has vowed to contest the decision by FIFA to a logical conclusion.
Rajoub was banned for his call that Palestinians should burn shirts bearing Lionel Messi as well as his images should Argentina continued with the plan to play a pre-Russia 2018 World Cup friendly match with Israel in Jerusalem.
The match which was originally to hold in Haifa before being rescheduled for Jerusalem did not eventually hold owing to the political colouration it received.
FIFA disciplinary committee considered Rajoub’s statements as inciting hatred and violence. He was consecutively banned from football for a year and fined for $20,000. That means he is unable to attend the official matches and even take part in the interviews and other media activity.
But in his reaction, Rajoub told AP that he would appeal the ban. In a telephone interview, he told an AP reporter that he will “use every possible opportunity” to cancel the decision and will reportedly hold a press conference soon to clarify the situation.
The PFA have also issued a statement regarding the issue. They claim that FIFA ban is “absurd and lacking in evidence.”
“The Palestine Football Association, as always, reaffirms its commitment to law and procedure, and its respect to the institutions of FIFA, but we also retain our right to pursue this issue to the last possible legal venue.”