Israel Vs Argentina Friendly Called Off Over Political Tension In Jerusalem

The eternal argument of who is better Ronaldo or Messi has been given extra spice ahead of this summer's World Cup

The eternal argument of who is better Ronaldo or Messi has been given extra spice ahead of this summer's World Cup

The pair were due to meet on Saturday in Jerusalem as Argentina ready themselves for the tournament in Russian Federation. "[Lionel] Messi can not turn his back on the Palestinian victims", said Jabareen, according to an Israel National News report.

The game in Jerusalem was hotly opposed by Palestinians, who claim the eastern part of the city, annexed by Israel, as the capital of their future state.

The plan originally was for the game to take place in Haifa, but Israeli authorities reportedly paid to have it moved to Jerusalem, which sparked the row. What we've experienced in the last 72 hours, which is public knowledge, the actions, the threats that have occurred, have led us to decide not to travel.

At the news conference, there was a placard saying "From Palestine, thank you Messi" with Argentinian and Palestinian flags, under a big photo of Rajoub posing with the Barcelona ace.

Lionel Messi is confident Argentina can grow into genuine contenders to win the World Cup.

"They've finally done the right thing", Higuain said in an interview with ESPN, confirming reports the game had been canceled following political pressure.

Jibril Rajoub, the head of the Palestinian football association, had called on Arab fans to burn Messi posters if he participated in the match.

In a second conversation Tuesday night, Macri told Netanyahu he had no influence on the matter.

The Israel and Argentina federations had yet to formally announce the game's cancellation as of Tuesday night.




Argentina's warm-up for the forthcoming World Cup has come to an earlier than expected end, as the Argentine players were apparently unwilling to go ahead with their friendly against Israel.

"I don't consider myself the best, I think I am just another player", he says of his GOAT status.

"The Israeli government is trying to give it political significance by insisting it be held in Jerusalem".

At least 125 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli gunfire on the frontier since March 30.

Rajoub has long urged FIFA to expel Israel from the worldwide football federation, citing Israeli travel restrictions on Palestinian soccer players and because Israel maintains teams in West Bank settlements.

However, Rajoub took it a step further, calling for a campaign against the Argentinian team and its star player, Lionel Messi.

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

The friendly fixture was meant to be the Argentinean team's last warmup match before the World Cup finals in Russian Federation next week.

Israel has not qualified for the tournament.

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