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.
The friendly between Argentina and Israel has been cancelled due to Lionel Messi refusing to go there, stating that he was ‘a human before a footballer’.
All losses incurred due to the cancellation of the game will be paid by Messi. pic.twitter.com/o5gDvO2Sgl
— Coral (@Coral) June 6, 2018
Lionel Messi has single handedly covered all of the financial losses due to the late cancellation of last night’s game between Argentina and Israel. 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/N41IbLbtyF
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) June 6, 2018
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.