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Sinn Fein calls on FAI to boycott Ireland's U21 qualifier against Israel

Niall O Donnghaile
Niall O Donnghaile

Sinn Fein has called on the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) to pull out of the upcoming U21 Euro Qualifier against Israel.

The match is due to take place on Thursday October 11 in Israel.

Speaking after meeting with the Chief Executive of the FAI along with Sinéad Ennis MLA at Leinster House on Thursday, Niall Ó Donnghaile said: “Israel is an apartheid state which is involved in the slaughter of Palestinian civilians, flagrant human rights abuses while showing complete disregard for international law.

“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.

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

“UEFA have a responsibility not to put countries in the position of facing Israel in competitive fixtures by expelling them from their competitions while Israel continues its onslaught against the Palestinian people.”

Sinn Fein also called for the Irish FA to cancel Northern Ireland's friendly against Israel earlier this month. The game went ahead at Windsor Park.

The party has also called for a boycott of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest which will take place in Israel.

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