News ID: 8527
Publish Date: 13 June 2012 - 11:45
FIFA on Tuesday urgently called on the Israeli Football Association to raise the plight of detained hunger-striking soccer player Mahmoud al-Sarsak with Israeli authorities.

Al-Sarsak has been on hunger strike for 86 days to demand his release. He has been imprisoned by Israel without charge or trial since July 2009.

FIFA urged IFA to draw attention to al-Sarsak's situation "with the aim of ensuring the physical integrity of the concerned players as well as their right for due process," a report on its website said.

Al-Sarsak's lawyer Mohammad Jabarein told Ma'an that al-Sarsak started drinking milk on Sunday after doctors warned he was at imminent risk of losing consciousness and paralysis.

Al-Sarsak agreed to drink milk until a judicial review, scheduled for Thursday, but will refuse all supplements if he is not released, Jabarein said.

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