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Assaf 'banned' from singing at World Cup ceremony
Published Friday 14/02/2014 (updated) 15/02/2014 22:50
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Arab Idol winner Mohammad Assaf said this week that he has been banned from performing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony.

"I was supposed to sing for the World Cup 2014, in the opening ceremony, but, I do not want to accuse anyone but some people, or states or parties, God knows who, intervened and FIFA canceled my song with Platinum Records," he said at a news conference in Gaza on Tuesday.

"There are a lot of people who fight me, I do not know who," he added.

The Arab Idol star claimed that Colombian singer Shakira has "refused to sing in the World Cup because I will not sing."

In July last year FIFA president Sepp Blatter said he would invite Assaf to sing at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Assaf, the first Palestinian to win the popular Arab Idol TV singing contest, became the UN's first Palestinian goodwill ambassador in June 2013 following his victory.

An official from FIFA could not be reached by Ma'an.
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1 ) Mel / USA
14/02/2014 16:26
Send all your emails to: http://www.fifa.com/contact/form.html.
Flood the office with enquiries as to whether or not this is true,and if so, WHY?
I just did.
Sport is supposed to be apolitical and unite people,not profit from corrupt politics and divisive tactics and monetary favors?Considering FIFA's fan-base in the Middle East and globally,you have a right to speak out and have explanation.Without the fans,there is NO FIFA!

2 ) Marco / Mexico
14/02/2014 19:13
Another good option would be to start a campaign on Avaaz.org I would, but really ignore the details of the facts. Someone willing to help?

3 ) UN / UNESCO
14/02/2014 22:21
Palestinians can complain to UN, UNESCO, ICC, ICJ, FIFA, UEFA, FIBA, International League of Gay and Lesbians, FIDE, IOC. Palestinians are good in complaining - however, it is not clear if anyone listens to their complains: everybody is tired of endless palestinian complains and wants them just go away.

4 ) Mutassim / Palestine
14/02/2014 22:46
@1 - Mel, thank you for the link, I shall pass it on to my friends & family. I also saw a TV interview, where Mohammed Assaf was talking about the ban. It is unbelievable, that FIFA could do such a thing, Mohammed Assaf is now an international star & the brightest thing to come out of Palestine for ages. He deserves to sing at the world cup, wearing the colours of Palestine on the world stage. If Mohammed Assaf cannot sing, everyone should boycott FIFA & the world cup as best they can. Red Card!

5 ) Malone / Hfx
15/02/2014 04:10
#1...who really cares?

6 ) He should have pretended to / be a Jew from the BIBLE
15/02/2014 09:42
After all PSLAMS 79 opens with his SONG: Psalm 79 A psalm of Asaph. 1 O God, the nations have invaded your inheritance; they have defiled your holy temple, they have reduced Jerusalem to rubble. 2 They have left the dead bodies of your servants as food for the birds of the sky, the flesh of your own people for the animals of the wild. 3 They have poured out blood like water all around Jerusalem, and there is no one to bury the dead. 4 We are objects of contempt to our

7 ) Sander / The Netherlands
15/02/2014 10:47
Mel, thx. for providing this info. Ihave just signed.

8 ) Sander / The Netherlands
15/02/2014 11:44
@5- All fans and all people with a heart on the right place cares! (millions of people) I noticed superstar-singer Shakira has cancelled her participation because of Arab Idol singer M.Assaf is banned for worldcup opening.

9 ) Mel / USA
15/02/2014 17:36
#5:Malone: "who really cares?" EVERYONE who values ethics &code of SPORTSMANSHIP going back millenia.Enemies have met on sporting fields & walked out of arena's alive.Sport is acceptable competition,with rules, & sporting ethos unites where war DIVIDES! We ALL care,because fairness & respect in competition is a PARAMOUNT LIFE ethic. And,FIFA surely DOES "care".Soccer's worth trillions:logo's,products,brands,media & TICKETS,to fill stadiums with fans,to PAY players&staff! Take that away & NO FIFA

10 ) Malone / Hfxq
16/02/2014 02:11
If this guy wasn't a supposed opressed "palestinian",no one would care less...and I never heard of shakira...if assaf was a yank or an Israeli,would all this phony outrage be the same? Didn't think so...
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