Argentina cancels oefenmatch in Israel after protest

The Israeli embassy in Argentina confirms that the practice game between Israel and Argentina does not continue.

Message in Hebron, in the West Bank © Belga Image

The two countries would be a Saturday meet in Malha, a neighborhood in southwest Jerusalem where, until the foundation of the state of Israel in 1948, a Palestinian village lay.


But the duel is caused to advance a lot of fuss. The chairman of the Palestinian football association, Jibril Rajoub, called on Arab and muslim football fans on to shirts and photos of the Barça star Lionel Messi to burn when the match would take place.

Tuesday, disrupted a group of Catalan pro-Palestinian demonstrators the training of the Argentine national team in Barcelona, where it prepares for the world cup. They put a shirt of Argentina that red paint was smeared, in fire and called for the match against Israel to order.

Last exercise

Attacker Gonzalo Higuain and vice-president Hugo Moyano, the Argentine football association confirmed earlier on the American sports channel that the match is cancelled due to political pressure. “They finally have the right thing,” said Higuain against ESPN.

The match against Israel would be the last practice game of the Argentines before them on June 16 at the world cup in Russia have game against Iceland.

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