Israel-Palestine dispute heats up in Bahrain as battle lines become entrenched

Rajoub, Sexwale and Ofini

By Paul Nicholson in Manama, Bahrain

May 8 –  The heat on the Palestine-Israel dispute was turned up a notch today prior to FIFA’s Congress on Thursday with Asian Football Confederation president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa telling the AFC Congress in his opening remarks that the AFC stood united with Palestine and urged “FIFA to come up with the best solution as soon as possible”.

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Judgement day looms for Ethics bosses as FIFA Council to debate their future

FIFA House logo

By Andrew Warshaw

May 3 – Will they be replaced or given another mandate? Amid growing speculation that FIFA’s ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert and chief investigator Cornel Borbely may not have their positions renewed at the upcoming FIFA Congress, confirmation has been made that the entire future of FIFA’s judicial bodies is up for discussion by the ruling Council that precedes the full session in Bahrain.

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FIFA Ethics smells blood in Derrick case as politics and ‘justice’ look set to clash

Gordon Derrick

By Paul Nicholson

May 2 – After an investigation taking more than a year, FIFA’s investigatory chamber has referred Gordon Derrick’s case to the adjudicatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics committee. The case is potentially one of the most controversial and politically laden decisions FIFA’s court will have had to make – though it has yet to rule against a single case from its investigators.

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