UEFA rule out election boycott

Michael van Praag (Getty Images)
Michael van Praag (Getty Images)

Zurich - UEFA will not boycott FIFA's congress and presidential election in Zurich on Friday, Dutch federation president Michael van Praag said following a meeting of the European governing body.

"There will be no UEFA boycott because there are also (apart from the presidential election) important issues to be decided like the Israel/Palestine question," said van Praag on Thursday.

UEFA member Israel needs the European body's backing to avoid a Palestinian bid to have them expelled from FIFA which could be voted on during the congress.

Palestine, which has been a FIFA member since 1998, wants the governing body to expel Israel over its restrictions on the movement of Palestinian players.

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