Argentina-Israel Soccer Match Cancelled

Israel fumes over Argentina friendly snub

Israel confirm Argentina World Cup warm-up fixture cancelled amid Lionel Messi terrorism threats

On Tuesday, demonstrations against Israel and the friendly match were held in Barcelona, where the Argentinian team now is holding training camp.

"The scheduled match will be part of Israel's 70th-anniversary "celebrations" and is taking place while Israel implements a criminal shoot-to-kill-or-maim policy against peaceful Palestinian protesters in Gaza", a BDS statement said.

The fixture at Teddy Kollek Stadium was expected to be Argentina's last outing before the World Cup in Russian Federation.

It is unclear whether Argentina will play another warmup, or if it will arrive to Moscow ahead of schedule. It's now behind us, obviously our health and common sense comes first. "We always aim to win and we will try to go slowly but strongly to advance in the competition".

Though Argentinian players looked to put the controversy behind them, the furor over the cancelation swept through Israel.

A statement from the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires claimed that Argentina's players had chose to back out of a planned game against Israel's national team because of "threats and provocations directed at Lionel Messi", the superstar Argentine captain.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Argentine President Mauricio Macri and urged him to intervene, to no avail.

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Meanwhile, Israeli Minister of Military Affairs Avigdor Lieberman has criticized Argentina's national football team for calling off the friendly match.

Israel's defence minister has spoken out against Argentina, tweeting: "We will not yield before a pack of anti-Semitic terrorist supporters". Opposition leader Isaac Herzog called the snub a "spectacular own goal" by Revev.

In doing so, the Argentina Football Association (FA) succumbed to a massive BDS campaign, which included threats to individual players and their families, including the team's biggest star the Barcelona striker Lionel Messi.

The World Cup kicks off in Russian Federation on June 14, with Messi looking to inspire Argentina to victory.

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The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which campaigns to end worldwide support for Israel's occupation of Palestine, said there is nothing friendly about the upcoming game.

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