Argentina 'cancels Israel World Cup friendly' after Gaza violence

NEW YORK: In the face of worldwide outcry over violence against innocent Palestinians in Gaza, Argentina has made a decision to pull out of soccer match against Israel, days before Lionel Messi and other players were scheduled to land in Jerusalem, media reports said Tuesday.

Though Argentina have a final warm-up fixture against Israel on Saturday before the action gets under way in Russian Federation, they however hope for fancy chances in Russian Federation, despite struggling to actually clinch a spot, before Lionel Messi bagged a hat-trick against Ecuador in the final South American qualifier.

Regev pushed to move the friendly match from the original location of Haifa to the Israeli capital, she also claimed Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi will visit the Kotel and shake her hand.

Reports had surfaced in Argentina on Tuesday that the match would be called off, with Palestine's Football Association celebrating the news.

Although there is nothing official as of yet, Spanish outlet "Ole" are reporting that the friendly will not be held, and Argentina will not travel to Israel.

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

Argentina's friendly match versus Israel is reportedly canceled.

"This match has become a political tool".


According to Haaretz, a newspaper in Tel Aviv, Israel, Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli wasn't interested in the game in the first place and has complained about it in recent days.

"But that's the way it is, we have to travel on the day before the match, play Israel in Israel and then from there go on to Russian Federation".

Husni Abdel Wahed, Argentina's Palestinian ambassador, compared travelling to Israel to if Palestine celebrated the Falklands War.

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

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.

"He's a big symbol so we are going to target him personally and we call on all to burn his picture and his shirt and to abandon him".

"For us it is unacceptable to hold this game in Jerusalem because it is occupied territory, and it is painful to see that the team, which has the love and support of so many Palestinians and Arab citizens, support the violation of worldwide law", he said.


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