Argentina Cancels Jerusalem Soccer Match With Israel Following Palestinian Pressure

Uzi Dann, Noa Landau, Jonathan Lis and Reuters

Argentina has called off an exhibition match against the Israeli national soccer team that was slated for Saturday in Jerusalem, after being pressured by Palestinian groups to cancel the game. Early Wednesday, the Israeli Embassy in Argentina confirmed that the match had been canceled, citing unspecified "threats and provocations" against star player Lionel Messi.
 
Argentine media reported that the reason for the cancellation was a series of threats made against Messi and his wife. Argentine sports daily Olé reported that the match was canceled following "threats and controversy."
 
In a letter on May 28, Palestinian Football Association chief Jibril Rajoub  urged the Argentine Football Association to call off the game after it was moved to Jerusalem from Haifa following "political pressure" by the Israeli government. Rajoub specifically mentioned Culture Minister Miri Regev.
 
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