Argentina-Israel friendly called off: Israel embassy

Argentina-Israel friendly called off: Israel embassy

Argentina-Israel friendly called off: Israel embassy

Additionally, the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires said in a statement that it "regrets to communicate the suspension of the match" due to "threats and provocations" against Argentinean striker Lionel Messi.

The FIFA World Cup 2018 warm-up match had been scheduled to take place on Saturday.

Lionel Messi of Argentina stretches before an worldwide friendly match between Argentina and Haiti at Alberto J. Armando Stadium on May 29, 2018, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Head of the Palestinian soccer association Jibril Rajoub told the press that if the Argentinian national team will arrive in Israel and play, even in a different city than the capital, "we will act to ensure they will not be able to offer themselves as hosts to the 2030 World Cup".

"From a sporting point of view, I would have preferred to play in Barcelona", Sampaoli said. Reports said that the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, had called the Argentinian president, Mauricio Macri, to ask him to persuade the team not to cancel their visit.

Rajoub had accused Israel of using the match as a political tool and now the clash has been cancelled.

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"If the game had stayed in Haifa, we as Palestinians would have opposed anyone who tried to hinder it", he said.

"The fact that this match is scheduled to happen in this particular time and location, following the global condemnation, and the uproar in the Arab and Muslim world at the US Administration's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, will undoubtedly send a message that the stars of Argentina are lending legitimacy to the illegal actions of an occupation that systematically abuses the human rights of around 5 million Palestinians struggling under its yoke", it added.

The ambassador of Palestine in Argentina, Husni Abdel Wahed, had expressed his opposition to the friendly match, saying the match would be similar to them celebrating. the occupation.

The embassy opened on May 14, fanning Palestinian anger and intensifying protests on the Gaza border, with Israeli forces killing dozens at least 61 Gazans that day.

There was no initial reaction from the Israeli FA or from Israeli politicians.

PFA president Rajoub also sent a letter to Argentina's government asking that the football match not include superstar Lionel Messi. Stating it's impossible to enjoy games when millions of Palestinians don't enjoy "human rights" Odeh said that "there is only one way to win, ending the occupation and having a real peace treaty, which is still possible".

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