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Sepp Blatter says he's on 'mission of peace' to Israel

FIFA president Sepp Blatter pushing for 'peace match' between Israelis and Palestinians

Sepp Blatter says he's on 'mission of peace' to Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) -- FIFA president Sepp Blatter wants a "peace match" between Israel and the Palestinians as part of his "mission of peace" to calm tensions between the two soccer federations.

Blatter met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday following a Palestinian bid to suspend Israel from FIFA.

Palestinians say Israeli security restrictions are limiting movement of Palestinian players, visiting teams and soccer equipment. Blatter opposes the suspension vote, saying Israel has not broken FIFA statutes in a political issue outside of soccer's control.

Netanyahu praised Blatter for opposing the politicization of sport. Blatter is slated to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Wednesday.

Blatter insisted that "football shall unite people and not divide people."

Updated : 2021-09-21 10:20 GMT+08:00