Argentina friendly set to be cancelled after Messi threats

Argentina friendly set to be cancelled after Messi threats

Javier Howell
June 6, 2018

The game, Argentina's final warm-up match before the World Cup in Russian Federation, which begins next week, was highly anticipated in Israel with tickets selling out in 20 minutes, but drew a furious reaction from the Palestinians.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) welcomed the decision on Tuesday.

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

"There is nothing "friendly" about military occupation and apartheid", the movement said, which calls for an end to the occupation of Palestine, the right of return for Palestinian refugees, and equal rights for Palestinians citizens of Israel.

"As far as I know, the players of the national team were not willing to play the game", Faurie said before confirmation of the game's cancellation.

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.

Jorge Sampaoli and his team found out as they ate dinner on Tuesday though they were not surprised after fans protested outside their training camp in Barcelona.

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"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".

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

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.

As part of the campaign, Mohammed Khalil, a Palestinian footballer, directed a message toward Argentina's beloved forward Lionel Messi.

Rajoub has long urged FIFA to expel Israel from the global football federation, citing Israeli travel restrictions on Palestinian soccer players and because Israel maintains teams in West Bank settlements. In Gaza, people cheered and in Ramallah in the West Bank, the Palestinian FA issued a statement thanking Messi and his colleagues for cancelling the game.

"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".