Palestine calls on FIFA to take 'decisive action' against Israel and its football association. GETTY IMAGES

The Palestinian Football Association (PFA) will present a motion at the FIFA Congress in Bangkok in May. The motion calls for "appropriate sanctions to be taken against Israeli teams with immediate effect". The initiative is the result of a letter from the PFA to FIFA in March. The Congress is being held in Bangkok.

The motion calls for "appropriate sanctions, with immediate effect, against Israeli teams, including national and club teams, for violations of international law committed by the Israeli occupation in Palestine, particularly in Gaza". It follows a letter sent by the PFA to FIFA in March.

Such a motion would require the first ever debate on the Gaza conflict at a major sports governing body conference. It will be one of the main items on the agenda at the annual meeting in Bangkok, but not the only one. FIFA will also consider hosting the 2027 Women's World Cup and a plan to combat racism.

The Palestinian Football Association (PFA) accuses its Israeli counterpart, the IFA, of violating FIFA statutes by recognising clubs based in the occupied territories and of failing to take "decisive action against discrimination and racism in the areas under its jurisdiction."

Israel national team. GETTY IMAGES
Israel national team. GETTY IMAGES

"Only in Israeli football can a club openly prevent Arabs from joining its ranks, and serious violence is treated only as a disciplinary offence," the PFA statement said. It singled out Beitar Jerusalem, which it said had never signed an Arab player.

The proposal was supported by the Algerian, Iraqi, Jordanian, Syrian and Yemeni football federations. It was not supported by Qatar or Saudi Arabia. The creation of new FIFA committees, "including seven for women's football", and the selection of the host of the 2027 Women's World Cup will also be on the agenda in Bangkok.

There is a joint European bid from Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. They will be competing against the United States and Mexico, who hosted last year's men's tournament alongside Canada. The last World Cup was held in Australia and New Zealand. Spain won the tournament and will defend their title in 2027.