Javier Faus, Jibril Rajoub, Sandro Rosell, Alon Bar and Carles Vilarrubí, in a gesture of the desire for the Peace Match to become a reality. PHOTO: MARTA BECERRA-FCB.

First team players with Musa Amer Odeh, Jibril Rajoub and his son PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.

The institutional visit by an FC Barcelona delegation led by president Sandro Rosell and vice president Javier Faus last February to Israel and Palestine is bearing fruit. The Catalan club’s offer to play a game in Tel Aviv between the Barça first team and a combination of Israelis and Palestinians, designed to build bridges towards dialogue between the two communities, has been well received by the different parties. This initial disposition has now become a commitment among the Israeli and Palestinian authorities for the game to become a reality. The venue would be Tel Aviv on July 31.

The will is there, as declared by president Rosell and vice presidents Faus and Vilarrubí at yesterday’s meeting before the Champions League match with PSG involving Jibril Rajoub, president of the Palestinian Football Federation and the Palestinian Olympic Committee, and Alon Bar, the Israeli ambassador to Spain. The meeting was held after a preliminary meeting between FC Barcelona and Rajoub and the ambassador to Spain for the Palestinian National Authority, Musa Amer Odeh.

The representatives of Israel and Palestine announced the progress made during the negotiations to organise the Peace Match and now work will need to be done on the logistic and operative arrangements required for the game to become a reality.

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