Argentina cancels match in Jerusalem with Israel over Palestinians’ complains
Palestinians have welcomed the Argentinian football team’s decision to pull out of a planned friendly match with Israel.
The head of the Palestinian Football Association, Jibril Rajoub, told a press conference that the decision was “on the right track”.
“I think this is according to FIFA statutes and according to their principles and mission to promote ethics and values, and to build a bridge between nations rather than being a tool for political ends,” he said, adding: “the Israelis tried to use Messi and those stars from Argentina.”
Saturday’s match was set to be played at the Teddy Kollek Stadium in Jerusalem, which sits on the site of a Palestinian village, al-Malha.