FIFA’s president, Sepp Blatter was interrupted by pro-Palestinian protesters waving red cards and a Palestinian flag, whilst speaking at FIFA’s Congress in Zurich.

After saying ‘the events of this week unleashed a storm’ and appealing for calm, Mr Blatter’s opening address to the congress was briefly disrupted by a pro-Palestinian activist, who held up a red card and shouted “Red card to racism”.

The protest was to draw attention to a campaign that aims to stop Palestinian players from being detained by Israeli security forces.

After calling for security, Mr Blatter announced: “I would ask you to please check the access points of this room.”

The disruption occurred in light of the the Palestinian FA’s demand that Israel be kicked out of FIFA, which Sepp Blatter, who is seeking a fifth term as the president of FIFA, and outlined he will try to prevent.

The protesters were removed by security.