President of International governing body of association football FIFA Sepp Blatter holds the FIFA statutes during an interview on May 15, 2015 at the of organization's headquarters in Zurich. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI
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FIFA president Sepp Blatter is worried that a dangerous precedent will be set if Palestine goes ahead and asks for a vote to suspend Israel at the annual Congress of soccer's governing body on May 29 .FIFA has been trying to broker a settlement for two years and Blatter confirmed that he would travel to the region again next week and meet Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.Blatter said that if the Palestine proposal was approved, other nations could use football to air political grievances.Blatter said he was optimistic of finding a last-ditch compromise.Palestine would need three quarters of the votes from among FIFA's 209 national associations for its motion to pass. A suspension would mean that Israel, which is affiliated to UEFA, could no longer compete in the Euro 2016 qualifiers and its clubs would be barred from European competition.
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