The PFA have appealed FIFA's decision to postpone a vote to CAS ©Getty Images

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) have confirmed the Palestine Football Association (PFA) have lodged an appeal against FIFA’s decision to postpone a verdict on the country's ongoing feud with Israel until October.

The PFA claimed last month that FIFA President Gianni Infantino had acted "illegally" by postponing a decision.

Infantino pushed through a last-ditch motion to take a vote on the dispute between the two countries at the ruling Council's meeting in October and not the full Congress.

PFA President Jibril Rajoub had proposed that a decision be made at the Congress the day before.

The initial Council proposal had given a deadline of March 2018.

FIFA's Council decided to take the item off the agenda following its meeting on May 9, claiming it would be "premature to take any decision".

The disagreement centres on six Israeli teams based in the occupied territory.

CAS have confirmed an appeal by the PFA.

“The CAS has registered an appeal filed by the PFA against decisions taken during the 67th FIFA Congress to not vote on a proposal raised by the PFA in which it sought the recognition of its rights to run football activities in accordance with the FIFA Statutes and to vote instead on an alternative proposal in which the FIFA Council was granted a time limit until the end of March 2018 to study and evaluate reports from the FIFA Monitoring Committee Israel-Palestine,” a CAS statement read.

“In its appeal to CAS, the PFA requests that the decision not to vote on its proposal be declared null and void, that the decision that was passed in its place be revoked and that FIFA be ordered to immediately vote on the PFA’s proposal.

“A CAS arbitration procedure is in progress.

“Firstly, the parties will exchange written submissions and a panel of three arbitrators will be constituted.

“The Panel will then issue directions with respect to the holding of a hearing.

"Following the hearing, the Panel will deliberate and at a later date, it will issue a decision in the form of an Arbitral Award.”

A vote on the dispute between the two countries is currently due to take place at the ruling Council's meeting in October ©Getty Images
A vote on the dispute between the two countries is currently due to take place at the ruling Council's meeting in October ©Getty Images

Infantino’s motion had passed at the Congress by a majority of 73 per cent to 27 per cent.

He stated this occurred because the report from FIFA Monitoring Committee chairman Tokyo Sexwale, recommending Israel be given six months to stop the teams playing in the occupied territories, was not yet "fully consolidated".

During the Congress, Rajoub gave an impassioned address where he repeatedly called for FIFA's membership to "end the suffering" of Palestinian footballers.

Israel Football Association President Ofer Eini responded to the speech from Rajoub and proposed holding a "match of peace" between the two countries, with the money raised going towards a football school in the troubled region.

Rajoub then became even more animated by Infantino's decision, with a lawyer for the PFA calling the move "unconstitutional".

Others claimed it went against FIFA's own statutes, while Human Rights Watch said it "means FIFA will continue sponsoring games on stolen land, contrary to its statutes and human rights responsibilities".

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who phoned Infantino in a bid to get the item removed from the Congress agenda, declared in a statement that it was an "important achievement".

Palestine say the fact that the teams, playing in the settlements of Kiryat Arba, Givat Ze’ev, Ma’aleh Adumim, Ariel, Oranit and Tomer, are in territory which they eventually believe will be within the borders of a future Palestinian state goes against FIFA statutes.

Israel dispute this and have accused Rajoub of manipulating the situation to further his political interests.

Officials on the Israeli side of the argument also believe the PFA are attempting to get them suspended from world football's governing body.