Before heading to Russia, Argentina was scheduled to visit Israel to play Israel in Jerusalem as their only World Cup friendly. But days before this plan could actually go live, Argentina called off the match against Israel. Giving the statement over this
unprecented move, the Israeli football and political commentators claimed that this move from Messi XI came after they received ‘threats and provocations’ from Palestine’s. On the other hand, Palestine football lobby and fans are of the view that holding match in Jerusalem was part of the political agenda of the Israel. Moreover, they also claimed the eastern part of Jerusalem was occupied by Israelis, which had to be their capital through rights
Here it should be noted that earlier this year Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, which caused outrage across the globe as it overlooked the rights of people of Palestine and Israel’s barbaric attacks and occupation against them.
“In the end, they’ve done right thing, and this is behind us,” Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain told ESPN. “Health and common sense come first. We felt that it wasn’t right to go.”
The latest move off calling off the world-up friendly is taken as one of the most positive gestures by one of the most shining star of football Lionel Messi and his mates by the larger population whose up with Pro-Palestine agenda. On the other hand, Israel authorities claim that Lionel Messi and co. took the decision to not to play in Juersluam as they were vulnerable to the threats and provocations hurled by Palestine people.
Israeli defence minister Avigdor Lieberman tweeted: “It’s a shame that Argentina’s footballing nobility did not withstand the pressure from Israeli-hating inciters.”
The Palestine football chief also wrote the letter to Argentina football about the illegal political gains aimed by Israel to get host Argentina at Jerusalem. Hundreds of football fans across the globe took to social media pleading Messi not to play there as it would futile and overshadow the struggle and sufferings of Palestine.
So far the official statement of Barcelona striker isn’t out but one of his mates talking to media actually talked about the narrative which compelled them form not going Israel.
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— Hammad Ali (@iamhammadalee) June 6, 2018
Thanks for showing such s remarkable coperation with the muslim community #messi This is the step which cant be forgettable and highly appreciated
— Dr. Ishtiaq Rabbi (@ishtiaq_rabbi) June 6, 2018
— Tarifhussain Khan (@thetarifhussain) June 6, 2018
Messi Cancels the Match Against Israel.
Thank You Messi!
Now the Whole Humanity Wants Messi to Lift the World Cup!!
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