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Argentina friendly called off after Palestinian 'threats, provocations'

06 June, 2018, 14:03 | Author: Tommie Newton
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Messi has secured nine La Liga titles, lifted the Copa del Rey on six occasions and is a four-time Champions League victor since making his Barca debut in 2004.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to kick off from June 14 to July 15 in Russian Federation.

The Israeli embassy said "it regrets to communicate the suspension of the match between Israel and Argentina", and referred to unspecified "threats" and "provocations" against Messi.

The movement said the Argentinian team had responded to "creative campaigning" denouncing what it called Israel's "sports-washing of its crimes against Palestinians".

Some waved the white and sky-blue striped jersey of Argentina's national team stained with red paint resembling blood.

The 28-year-old Manchester United defender, who has over 50 caps to his name, told Inside United hopefully Argentina would perform better than they did in sneaking through in qualifying. "We always aim to win and we will try to go slowly but strongly to advance in the competition". The stuff that happens in those places, where they kill so many people, as a human being you can't accept that in any way.

Regev says terrorist groups had made threats against Argentina's players and their families.

Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain told ESPN: "They've finally done the right thing".

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"It began with the discussion over the Independence Day ceremony, continued with unending arguments regarding the next Eurovision contest and now the cancelled game with the Argentinian team", she said, "this is not sport nor culture, it's the finest ugly politics possible".

Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, was reported to have called President Macri of Argentina last night in a fruitless attempt to salvage the game.

Argentina train in Barcelona on Tuesday.

Palestinians celebrated the game's cancellation.

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

According to TRT World, the match was previously planned to be held in Haifa but the Israelis raised funds for its moving to Jerusalem.

The match had been scheduled to play in Jerusalem on Saturday but was called off following political pressure.

Information from The Associated Press and Reuters was used in this report.

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