Argentina cancels friendly with Israel in Jerusalem

06 June, 2018, 10:40 | Author: Felix Jensen
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Argentina have cancelled their final World Cup warm-up match against Israel, striker Gonzalo Higuaín said on Tuesday, as political pressure grew before Saturday's scheduled fixture in Jerusalem. However, the status of the match had been placed in doubt earlier, following protests by Palestinian football authorities.

Argentina's controversial friendly against Israel has been suspended after threats towards Lionel Messi and waves of protests.

Rajoub, in a letter last week, accused Israel of using the friendly as a "political tool", and even threatened to campaign against Argentina's bid to host the World Cup in 2030 had the game taken place.

Israeli media reported that in light of this latest development, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will speak to his Argentinian counterpart Mauricio Macri by telephone.

"From a sporting point of view, I would have preferred to play in Barcelona", Sampaoli said.

Argentina's friendly match versus Israel is reportedly canceled.

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"He led the Argentine national team to the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and brought them victory at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in 2005".

Palestine Football Association (PFA) president Jibril al-Rajoub will reportedly make an official announcement about the cancellation on Wednesday at a press conference in al-Bireh International stadium followed by an event in front of the Argentinian Representative Office to Palestine in the West Bank, according to the PLO spokesperson. The Palestinians have agreed in several agreements to claim the eastern part of the city as the capital of a future state that will include the Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Palestinians are outraged at US President Donald Trump's decision last December to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, breaking with decades of policy, and move his country's embassy there.

Faurie also said players had received threats over playing the game and were uncomfortable with it going ahead.

He called the Barcelona forward a "symbol of love and peace", and called on him to not participate in the beautification of "the fascist occupation's image".

The endless debate that sees fan-boys rage about which footballer is The G.O.A.T: The Greatest Of All Time, between the two juggernauts of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo has been shook up once again, another spanner thrown into the works, as the magisterial Argentine has been filmed and photographed posing with a real-life goat.

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