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FIFA Steps Up Efforts To Avoid Israel Expulsion Vote From Reaching Congress

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 05 / 27 / 15

FIFA leaders on Tuesday "stepped up efforts to head off a vote called by Palestine to expel Israel from football's world body claiming unfair treatment of its players," according to the AFP. A top FIFA official said, "Negotiations are still going on but they are very complicated. There may not ...

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