Politics played to cancellation of match

 

Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain told the ESPN sports channel on Tuesday that the World Cup warm-up match with Israel has been canceled.

Media reports say Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Argentine President Mauricio Macri in an attempt to salvage the friendly tie, due to be played in Jerusalem on Saturday.

It is believed that the match has been canceled under political pressure over Israel’s treatment of Palestinians in Gaza.

“They’ve finally done the right thing,” Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain said in an interview.

In Ramallah in the West Bank, the Palestinian football association issued a statement thanking Argentina 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.

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