The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) announced on Tuesday that will pay for repairs on a Gaza Strip soccer field that was damaged by the Israeli army’s artillery fire. “In the world of today, which is disrupted by long-lasting disputes and violence, football [soccer] is one of the very few universal tools mankind can use to bridge gaps between nations and peoples, and to symbolize what unites our planet over what divides it,” FIFA President Sepp Blatter said. FIFA stressed that it supports both Palestinians and Israelis equally when it comes to soccer. "FIFA's role is not to reprimand, but to help create bonds and ensure that the young people of the region have hope and the possibility to enjoy the school of life that football represents," Blatter said.
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