Argentina 'cancels Israel World Cup friendly' following Gaza violence
Argentina has reportedly cancelled a Globe Cup warm-up match against Israel beneath political stress more than Israel’s therapy of Palestinians in Gaza.
Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain told the ESPN sports channel on Tuesday the game had been cancelled.
“They’ve lastly done the right factor,” Higuain stated in an interview.
Argentine media also reported the cancellation. There was no official statement from the Israeli football association.
Media reports mentioned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had called Argentine President Mauricio Macri in an try to salvage the friendly tie, due to be played in Jerusalem on Saturday.
The news was met with cheers in Gaza, where at least 120 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the course of recent protests.
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In Ramallah in the West Bank, the Palestinian football association issued a statement thanking Argentine striker Lionel Messi and his colleagues for the cancellation.
“Values, morals and sport have secured a victory nowadays and a red card was raised at Israel by means of the cancellation of the game,” said chairman Jibril Rajoub, quoted by Reuters news agency.
Mr Rajoub, who had just before the reported cancellation known as for Palestinians to burn replica shirts and photos of Messi, announced that he would hold a press conference on Wednesday.
The campaign group Avaaz, which had named for the game to be cancelled, praised what it called a “brave ethical choice”.
“This proves Argentina understands there is nothing friendly about playing in Jerusalem, when just miles away Israelis snipers are shooting unarmed protesters,” mentioned Alice Jay, campaign director at Avaaz.
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The match, which was to be Argentina’s final game just before the start off of their Globe Cup campaign in Russia later this month, was set to be played at a stadium in West Jerusalem.
The status of Jerusalem is highly sensitive. Israel regards Jerusalem as its “eternal and undivided” capital. Palestinians see the eastern component of the city as the capital of a future Palestinian state, and were angered by a selection to relocate the game there from Haifa.
Final month, US President Donald Trump stirred international anger and condemnation with a selection to relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem, recognising the city as the capital of Israel.
Published at Wed, 06 Jun 2018 00:26:37 +0000