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FIFA panel chairman Sexwale visits the Gaza Strip

BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) The head of a special FIFA committee aimed at improving soccer relations between Israel and the Palestinians says conflict and politics are the main issues hindering progress.

Panel chairman Tokyo Sexwale made the comments in a short visit to Gaza on Friday. He says "most of the problems are also very political."

Sexwale was appointed to head the committee last year after the Palestinians dropped a request for the FIFA Congress to vote on suspending Israel.