European football’s governing body, UEFA, has been accused of showing “total insensitivity” to the “blatant and entrenched discrimination” of Palestinian sportspeople by Israel, reported The Guardian on Tuesday.
Nobel peace prize laureate and former archbishop Desmond Tutu, as well as French-born Malian footballer Frédéric Kanouté, led the group who has reproached UEFA for what they deem to be “rewarding Israel’s crass and lawless behavior” against Palestinians.
The issue that sparked the accusation is UEFA’s decision to allow Israel to host the European Under-21 Championship next month.
In a letter to The Guardian on Tuesday, the accusing party calls on UEFA to “reverse the choice of Israel as a venue.”
Extra signatories of the letter include the actor Roger Lloyd Pack, film-maker Ken Loach, comic Alexei Sayle, Michael Mansfield QC and the British Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn.