Football Notes: Palestine Figurehead Threatens To Call For Israeli Ouster
Palestine FA Chief Jibril Rajoub "has warned he will call for Israel's expulsion from FIFA unless it shows greater willingness to ease the plight of his country's players and officials" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 2/6). ... Members of the Afghan and English football families met in Dubai and agreed to a development program in Afghanistan. The partnership between the FA, EPL and FIFA will support the Afghanistan Football Federation and Afghan Premier League (FA). ... The trade union 'Manos Limpias' (Clean Hands) will file a lawsuit against former Barcelona President Sandro Rosell "and the club's entire Board of Directors for the signing" of Neymar (MARCA, 2/6). ... Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino said of the poor attendance for the team's Copa del Rey semifinal first-leg defeat of Real Sociedad on Wednesday, "If I were a fan of Barça, and a game was played at 10 at night and I was working the next day, I would not come to the Camp Nou." The match drew a crowd of 38,505 (MARCA, 2/6).