Argentina Cancels Football Match Against Israel After Campaign By Muslims

Argentina’s national football team has announced to cancel the upcoming friendly fixture with Israel, which was being held in Jerusalem, sources have confirmed.

According to a sports website, Minutouno, it was reported that Leo Messi has been the center of attention and a lot of threats have been aimed at his direction. The website confirmed that the match has been ‘suspended’ following ‘escalation of violence, threats and criticism.’

Radio La Albiceleste stated that Lionel Messi refused to play the match as ‘he is a human before a footballer’, to honor the Palestinians’ wishes. It also stated that all the financial losses due to cancellation of game will be accommodated by the Argentine forward Messi

Sports journalist, Ezequiel Fernández Moores, said:

The Argentine team has played in Israel before; the question now is that the match is going to be held in Jerusalem, there is political as well as economic background to this. For this game, Israel offered more than two million dollars and transportation costs.


ALSO READ

Messi Races Past Ronaldo as Highest Paid Footballer By Earning €25,000 a Minute


Since Messi is a global brand and similarly, he is an icon in Palestine, a lot of people felt hurt by his decision to agree to play a friendly in Jerusalem.

Palestinian Ambassador to Buenos Aires, Husni Abdel Waheben, also strongly opposed the fixture and claimed that Argentinian team and management will become “an accomplice in the violation of human rights and the occupation of territories” if they had agreed to play.

Additionally, Messi is worth billions of dollars due to his sponsorships and various contracts, it is also claimed that Messi was also advised not to play in this fixture before the whole controversy sparked.

The campaign launched by Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) played a vital role in cancellation of the fixture. It stated:

Don’t play Israel until Palestinians’ human rights are respected. There is nothing ‘friendly’ about military occupation and apartheid.

As part of the campaign, a Palestinian footballer, Muhammad Khalil directed a message towards Messi which read:

I call on the Argentinian team and especially captain Lionel Messi – because he is very popular in Palestine, particularly in the Gaza Strip – to stand in solidarity with Palestinians and to boycott the scheduled game with Israel, which is occupying our land.

Some fans have already burnt jerseys of Messi as part of their protest against him and Argentina. However, the situation has been diffused thanks to the decision that has been announced.

Zarar is the Editor of Sports and Auto section and heads the Branded Content as well.


  • Amjad Mukhtar

    Incredible decision Thank you Lionel Messi Thank you Argentina

    • Atif

      haha, messi ia pro Israel, this was all because of threats!

      • Khalid Yaldram

        Atif BOSS DK is sa pehlay tu threats sa ISreal ko farq nahi para is dafa hi khyon……….

        • Atif

          threats to messi not Israel, he said not to play so…..

          • Khalid Yaldram

            poor kid you are too believing in fairy tales……….open your eyes in this world no body damm care about Muslims and their threats……………..

            • Atif

              kid? fairytale?
              baree ho jao to read kerna news again, and than comment.

  • Bay-Warsi

    Power of Muslims. World take note. Never mess with us or else..

    • Turk Sulle-Maga

      Its purely because of “threats” and “dollars”. Nothing to do with power. BTW if the match was held at any other place, they would have played.

    • Xizhang

      Or else what?

  • Nabil Nawaz

    what about international worldcup fixtures ?