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Chile Bans Club’s Palestine Map Shirt

Published: 21/01/2014 04:48:11 PM GMT
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SANTIAGO, Chile – A top division Chilean team has been banned from using a shirt that has the number one shaped as the map of Palestine before Nakba and Israel creation on its rubbles. The Chilean federation fined Palestino $1,300 (£800), saying that they were against any form of political, religious, sexual, ethnic, social or racial dis...(more)

SANTIAGO, Chile – A top division Chilean team has been banned from using a shirt that has the number one shaped as the map of Palestine before Nakba and Israel creation on its rubbles.

The Chilean federation fined Palestino $1,300 (£800), saying that they were against "any form of political, religious, sexual, ethnic, social or racial discrimination," Eurosport reported on Tuesday, January 21.

"We cannot accept the involvement of football with politics and religion," they added.

Chilean Team Puts Palestine Map on Shirt

Earlier this month, Palestine Football Club, Deportivo Palestine, based in Santiago, Chile redesigned their jerseys replacing the number 1 with an image of Palestine map.

Uproar surrounding this decision started when local and global Jewish leaders protested the political nature of the uniforms to FIFA, soccer’s international governing body.

The owner of first division club Nublense, Patrick Kiblisky, has also put forward a formal complaint against Palestino.

The team was originally founded in 1920 by Palestinian immigrants to the country, and Chile now has one of the largest Palestinian communities in the world.

The club's colors are those of the Palestinian flag: black, white, green and red. They have won national championships twice, in 1955 and 1978.

On its Facebook page, the club makes clear its views on the Middle East: "For us, free Palestine will always be historical Palestine, nothing less."

Chile is home to one of the largest Palestinian communities in the world, with about 350,000 immigrants and their descendants.

The Chilean government has officially recognized an independent state of Palestine in 2011.

Each year on May 15, Palestinians mourn the loss of Palestine and creation of Israel on its rubble in 1948.

Later in 1967, Israel occupied the remaining Palestinian lands along with Egypt's Sinai Peninsula and Syria's Golan Heights.

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