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Argentina cancels ‘friendly’ football match with Israel in a bid to support Palestine

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Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi poses with the official match ball for the 2018 World Cup, named “Telstar 18”, during its unveiling ceremony in Moscow on November 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOVMLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images

Argentina has called off their World Cup warm-up match with Israel. The friendly match was slated to happen on Saturday in Jerusalem. The sold-out match was being strongly opposed by Palestinian officials and global groups due to repeated attacks by Israel.

“Red card from everyone to the Israelis”. – Messi

Reportedly Lionel Messi refused to play the match stating: ‘a human before a footballer’. And has also committed to pay all the losses incurred due to the cancellation of the match.


Argentine player Gonzalo Higuaín told ESPN “they’ve finally done the right thing. Rationale and health come before everything else. We think it’s best not go to Israel.”

People from all quarters are hailing the decision of Argentina and Messi to cancel the match.

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