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Northern Ireland's Israel game will kick off, IFA responds to Sinn Fein calls for fixture to be cancelled

By Jonathan Bell

The IFA has said Northern Ireland's friendly against Israel will go ahead, despite a call for the association to cancel the fixture.

Sinn Fein has again repeated its calls for the game on September 11 to be cancelled.

MLA Sinead Ennis said their opposition was down to Israel's actions against Palestinians and given the decision by the Argentinean football association to cancel it's World Cup warm-up game earlier this year.

She added: "Sinn Fein continue to support the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel under which cultural, academic and sporting links fall.

“Therefore, I am once again calling on the IFA to cancel this match and send out a strong signal that the slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza, breach of international and human rights abuse won’t be tolerated.”

Northern Ireland and Israel have faced each other nine times in the past. The fixture was scheduled given both are within the same pool of teams for the UEFA Nations League tournament and have no competitive games on the date.

The Irish Football Association said for them the fixture was just another football game.

An IFA spokesman added: "The Association has no intention of cancelling Northern Ireland’s international challenge match against Israel on 11 September."

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