The Saudi Arabian General Sports Authority announced that the first team of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will play its match in the double qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and the Asian Cup 2023, mid of this month against the Palestinian team, in the city of Ramallah in the occupied territories. Both tournaments, which some considered normalized with Israel.
"In response to the request of the brothers in the Palestinian Football Federation, the Saudi FA agreed to play the first team match in the Asian qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup and the 2023 Asian Cup, against its Palestinian counterpart, on Tuesday 15 October at the Martyr Stadium," the authority said in a statement. Facebook Facebook logo Links on "Faisal Husseini in Ramallah.
In response to the request of the brothers in the Palestinian Federation .. Saudi Football Federation agrees to play the game of the first team in the Asian qualifiers in the city of Ramallah in Palestine pic.twitter.com/o5NbtYLaII- General Sports Authority (@gsaksa) October 3, 2019
The official account of the Authority on Twitter in a tweet in which its President Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, that this step came at the request of the Palestinian Union, and anxious not to deprive the Palestinian team from playing the game at home and the public like other countries.
His Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, Chairman of the General Authority for Sport confirms that this step comes in response to the request of the Palestinian Federation and their desire to host the game, and to ensure that the Palestinian team is not deprived of playing the game at home and its fans like other countries- General Sports Authority (@gsaksa) October 3, 2019
The Saudi Football Federation has sparked a crisis over its insistence on refusing to play its first team match with its Palestinian counterpart on October 13, 2015 in the double qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup and the 2019 Asian Cup.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers were almost withdrawn from the qualifiers for refusing to play in the occupied territories
The Saudi refusal at the time to play in Palestine was for fear of passing through Israeli roadblocks and checkpoints, where Israel controls the outlets of the West Bank, and anyone who wants to enter or leave it must undergo inspection and inspection of its security services.
This prompted most of those who commented on the Saudi Commission statement to reject the decision and question the stated reason, stressing that this comes within the normalization that the Kingdom is pursuing with Israel now.
This is called normalization and not satisfying the request of siblings- Aziz .. (@ azozk90) October 3, 2019
Foolish and naive justifications only fool the weak minds!
where is the problem ? It was before under the table and now above the table- Hïçh @ ëm (@ Hich42em) October 3, 2019
Apparently if the Emiratis entered the hole and entered them- zuhair alshaikhi (@zalshaikhi) October 3, 2019
Congratulations on normalization- (@ aeed9902) October 3, 2019
Status of the team players 😂 pic.twitter.com/pdkdksYZq4- ABu Hamad🇸🇦 + 58 (@ 12131415H) October 3, 2019
Ahlen normalized the case was sold- Abdulrahman Alharbi (@ ddhh09901) October 3, 2019
Becoming the seal of Israel on the Saudi passport?- Kholoud (@kholud_o) October 3, 2019
Are they going on foot? Or a private plane?