According to international media today Argentina has announced not to play friendly match with israiel. Match was planned to be played in Jerusalem major reason reported for match was pressure build up by Palestine football federation and threats to argentina start footballer Messi.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Argentine President Mauricio Macri late Tuesday, at Regev’s request, in an attempt to prevent the cancellation. But in a follow-up conversation, Macri told Netanyahu that he could not influence the final decision, sources close to the prime minister said.
The Argentine daily Clarín reported that, according to official sources, Macri examined the issue with the Argentine Football Association and learned that “the players don’t want to play in Israel because of threats against Messi.” Macri apologized to Netanyahu and said the players’ motives were not political, the paper said.
Clarín also said Macri had planned to attend the game himself along with businesspeople from the Argentine Jewish community.
Argentine player Gonzalo Higuaín told ESPN that “they’ve finally done the right thing. Rationale and health come before everything else. We think it’s best not go to Israel.”