Euro 2024 could be plunged into chaos as Fifa and Uefa are urged to kick Israel out of football

FIFA and Uefa have been urged to kick Israel out of football over the situation in Gaza.

Such a move would disrupt the Euro 2024 play-offs with Israel due to face Iceland on March 21.

Uefa and Fifa have been urged to boot Israel out of Euro 2024


Uefa and Fifa have been urged to boot Israel out of Euro 2024Credit: Martin Silva Cosentino/NurPhoto

It is expected neither will bow to the demand, led by ex-Fifa presidential candidate Prince Ali of Jordan.

The head of Jordan’s FA and president of the West Asian Football Federation said in an open letter: “We call upon Fifa, the Football Confederations and Member Associations to join us in a stand against the atrocities.

“That means condemning the killing of innocent civilians . . . and taking a united front isolating the Israeli FA from all football-related activities until acts of aggression cease.”

Israel finished third in Group I, two points behind Switzerland with 15.

Alon Hazan’s side won their final match of the group stages 2-0 against Andorra thanks to an own-goal from Joan Cervos and a strike from Gadi Kinda.

The Israelis face Iceland in a ‘home’ play-off tie by virtue of winning their Uefa Nations League group two years ago.

However, the fixture will be held in Budapest due to the ongoing war with Hamas.

The winner will then face either Bosnia in Sarajevo or another tie on neutral ground against Ukraine, who are playing in Poland due to the Russian invasion of their country.

Euro 2024 finals will start on June 14 and the tournament will run until July 14 later this year.

Germany will play in the opening match against Scotland in Munich as they are the host nation.

Italy will be hoping to retain their crown having won the tournament in 2021 by beating England in the final at Wembley Stadium.

Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate has previously described the scenes in Israel and Gaza as “disturbing”.

He said: “In my lifetime it’s one of the most complex situations in the world. And I think everybody is grappling with how best to deal with that.

“I don’t know what it’s like to walk in the shoes of people on either side of that conflict.”

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