FIFA to punish Palestinian FA president over Messi comments

FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Palestinian FA president Jibril Rajoub for urging fans to burn photos of Lionel Messi, Sky Sports report.

Rajoub faces the punishment after making comments about the Barcelona star ahead of Argentina’s proposed World Cup warm-up game against Israel in Jerusalem.

FIFA says it has started proceedings against PFA president Rajoub because of comments “widely reported in the media”.

Argentina called off the game against Israel on June 9 which had originally been scheduled to be played in Haifa following protests by pro-Palestinian groups upset by the match taking place in Jerusalem.

The Argentine FA had faced pressure to cancel the match in the wake of violence which followed the opening of the new United States embassy in Jerusalem.

FIFA has not disclosed when the case will be looked at by their disciplinary committee.