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UEFA President Michel Platini (Archives) Photo: Getty Images
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Pro-Palestinian group protests at UEFA offices

Activists occupy reception of Union of European Football Associations' HQ to protest Israel's hosting of European under-21 championship

Associated Press
Published: 01.25.13, 17:38 / Israel Culture

A pro-Palestinian activist group has occupied the reception of UEFA's headquarters to protest Israel's hosting of the European Under-21 Championship in June.


About 40 protesters carrying banners and placards, some critical of UEFA President Michel Platini, chanted slogans and engaged UEFA staff in debate.

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FIFA executive committee member Michel D'Hooghe, who attended Friday's UEFA ruling board meeting, defended the tournament to a spokesman for the protesters.


Last year, Platini resisted calls from Palestine Football Association President Jibril Rajoub to strip Israel of hosting rights.


The eight-team tournament is scheduled to be played from June 5-18 in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Netanya and Petah Tikva.




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