Palestinians reject soccer game against Barcelona

Updated: 22 February 2013 22:38 IST

Palestinian Football Association president Jibril Rajoub met with Barcelona president Sandro Rosell on Friday and said there are lots of obstacles.

Ramallah, West Bank:

Palestinians won't be teaming with Israelis in a soccer match against Barcelona designed to promote peace.

Palestinian Football Association president Jibril Rajoub met with Barcelona president Sandro Rosell on Friday and said there are "lots of obstacles."

Rajoub calls it "a good idea, a dream to become true if the occupation ends."

Rosell made the proposal on Thursday with Israeli president Shimon Peres. Rosell said Barcelona aim "to strengthen the bridges of peace and dialogue" between Israelis and Palestinians. Peres says soccer "brings down barriers."

Gaza fans were angered in 2012 when Barcelona gave freed Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit a ticket. Schalit was held captive for five years by Hamas, which rules Gaza.

Palestinian leaders have attended Barcelona games in Spain.

Topics : Football Barcelona Bayern Munchen
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