Argentina Vs Israel Called Off Due To Messi Threats
Argentina Vs Israel Called Off Due To Lionel Messi Threats
Argentina's friendly with Israel this weekend has been cancelled due to alleged threats that have been made against FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.
According to New Straits Times, the Albiceleste's final warm-up game ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup has been called off.
Jorge Sampaoli's side were scheduled to take on Israel in Jerusalem on Saturday, but after protests by Palestinian football authorities, who urged Messi not to play, the match was cancelled by Argentina's football governing body.
It has been claimed that "threats and provocations" had been made against the Blaugrana star, with some supporters even asking fans to burn Messi shirts if he did take part.
Tensions between Israel and Palestine seem to be the main reason for the game being scrapped, with the Palestinian Football Federation believing the match would have been used as "a tool of political blackmail".
It has also been claimed that several Argentina players were uneasy about travelling to Israel for the game before its cancellation.
Striker Gonzalo Higuain confirmed in an interview with ESPN that the game had been cancelled, saying "they've finally done the right thing".
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