Argentina cancels World Cup Warm up game due to political crisis in Gaza


A World Cup warm-up match between Argentina and Israel have been cancelled due to recent attacks in Gaza after series of political pressure over Israel’s treatment of Palestinians in Gaza.

Players who were billed to feature in the game have expressed their thoughts “They’ve finally done the right thing,” Higuain said in an interview. Argentine media also reported the cancellation. There was no official statement from the Israeli football association.

Media reports said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had called Argentine President Mauricio Macri in an attempt 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 were killed by Israeli forces during recent protests. 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 today and a red card was raised at Israel through the cancellation of the game,” said chairman Jibril Rajoub, quoted by Reuters news agency.