FIFA hopes Israel-Palestine soccer spat ends soon

JERUSALEM (AP) FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he hopes to resolve a dispute between Israel and the Palestinians before the World Cup begins.

The Palestinian soccer association has complained to Blatter about Israeli travel restrictions on some of its players. Israel cites concerns about possible attacks by Palestinian militants as the main reason for restrictions on movement.

Blatter said Tuesday he hopes a memorandum of understanding will be signed between Israel and the Palestinian associations in Brazil ahead of the games. The FIFA president added that officials from the Israeli and Palestinian teams meet regularly.

FIFA has meetings scheduled in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 10-11, just before the opening match of the World Cup on June 12.

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