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UEFA tournament in Israel draws criticism

Body defends holding Under-21 tournament in country despite alleged mistreatment of Palestinian players.

Last Modified: 05 Jun 2013 05:47
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Football's Under-21 European Championships is set to kick off in Israel.

UEFA, the game's governing body in Europe, has been heavily criticised for holding the event in Israel, due to the country's alleged mistreatment of Palestinian players.

But UEFA has stood firm, saying the Israeli Football Association cannot be held accountable for the politics of the national government. 

Al Jazeera's Sue Turton reports from Jerusalem.

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