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Petition to Vladimir Putin, Theresa May MP, Boris Johnson MP, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron

#WorldCupofPeace: Secure a ceasefire in Syria before the Russia World Cup

We are Syrians. We are refugees. We are footballers. The media is full of news about our country and the war that has engulfed it for more than 7 long years. As Syrians, we have seen our friends, neighbors and families suffer while the world watched on. The war has destroyed a peaceful way of life for millions of civilians. Hundreds of thousands have been killed and millions have been forced to flee, as we were, with their lives uprooted. Football was our way of life, but the war destroyed football clubs and stadiums and dispersed Syria's football players across the world. We did not want to engage in killing our Syrian brothers and sisters, or to become victims of violence ourselves, so we chose to flee the country. But for players who managed to leave Syria, very few have had access to practice fields, documentation and other resources necessary to keep playing football. Our own team continues to play every Sunday, as an expression of our love for the sport and for the Syrians who have lost the opportunity to play. For us, football has been a pillar of stability, offering us camaraderie, joy and laughter even in the darkest days. We have seen the unique power of sport to bring people together and inspire the values of respect, integrity and unity. In 1978, the United Nations declared that sport was a “fundamental right for all.” Yet with just over a month until the FIFA World Cup, our friends and family still in Syria, and many others displaced by the war, are unable to play sport or watch the World Cup in safety. They will be preoccupied with their daily struggle to survive amidst bombs and besiegement. Since the Christmas truce of 1914, where soldiers played football between the trenches, sport has proven to be a powerful catalyst for peace. This summer, as the football community heads to Russia, it could be one again. We believe that the World Cup should be harnessed as a force for good in our world. That is why we are calling on all world leaders to urge President Putin, the world cup host, to declare a ceasefire in Syria, and bring greater peace and security to Syrians ahead of the opening ceremony on June 14th. For the sake of the football community, for the sake of the values of sport and, most importantly, for the sake of the millions of Syrians affected by the war, we need a World Cup of Peace

SAWA Diaspora Football Team
54,223 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to FIFA, Giovanni Infantino

FIFA: “Kick out” Chairman of Palestinian FA for targeting Messi and inciting threats

We call upon FIFA to “kick out” Jibril Rajoub, the Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) and take action against the PFA after Rajoub deliberately called for people to target Lionel Messi, resulting in threats of violence against him and the Argentinian team. Rajoub made his threats as he objected to a friendly match between Israel and Argentina that was supposed to take place on Saturday, 9 June, but has been cancelled due to the threats of violence. On 3 June 2018, Jibril Rajoub said in a TV interview, “Starting from today we [the PFA] will start a campaign against the Argentinian [Football] Association... we will target Messi and will demand that everyone burn their [Messi] shirts and pictures and renounce him”. In another TV interview, Rajoub speaks in English and warns Messi, "Don't come... you will lose fans all over the world." Rajoub’s comments incited a torrent of online abuse, including threats of physical violence against an individual player, Lionel Messi, and his family, as well as his team-mates and staff of the Argentinian football team. This behaviour from the head of a Football Association is NOT ACCEPTABLE! On top of this, protests incited by the PFA campaign took place outside the Argentinian training camp in Spain, holding team shirts splatted in red paint (to look like blood) in order to intimidate the team. All of these protests went beyond the boundaries of what FIFA should view as acceptable, and yet all of these were condoned, endorsed and supported by the Jibril Rajoub and the Palestinian FA. These threats were enough for Argentina to cancel their game against Israel with the head of the Argentinian FA stating that "the threats that have occurred have led us to take the decision not to travel." To add insult to injury, Jibril Rajoub, after incited hatred and threats against Messi and his teammates, had the nerve to hold a press conference and thank Argentina and Messi. No team should be intimidated or threatened for playing a game of football against another country and FIFA should do all it can to protect its players and teams from this kind of behaviour in the future. Israel has the right to play football against any country, and every country has the right to play against Israel. Likewise, every Football Association that is connected with FIFA should be required to keep politics out of football. They must agree to the standards of FIFA that allows all teams from all countries to play together freely without discrimination, threats or racist abuse. This is not the first time the Palestinian FA or Jibril Rajoub have used their position to launch political attacks against Israel. Last year FIFA President Gianni Infantino sent UN Secretary-General António Guterres a letter saying that FIFA is tired of dealing with political issues, stating “We are not a playground for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” Once again, Jibril Rajoub and the Palestinian Football Association have used their position to score political points against Israel. This time, however, they have stirred up hatred and endangered the lives of players. The actions of Jibril Rajoub and the Palestinian FA have brought FIFA into disrepute and cast a shadow over “the beautiful game” of football that should be open to all. We the undersigned call upon you, FIFA, to kick Jibril Rajoub out of the Palestinian FA and to take swift and robust action against the Palestinian FA for their continued abusive behaviour. They must not be allowed to continuing acting this way. FIFA - You must protect teams and players from these threats. Kick politics and hatred out of football!

3,042 supporters