Argentina call off friendly in Israel

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The Israeli embassy has announced that Argentina have called off their World Cup warm-up match against Israel in Jerusalem on June 9 due to safety concerns.

The Argentine FA came under increasing pressure to scrap the friendly following violent scenes on the Gaza border last month to protest the United States moving their embassy to the Israeli capital.

A poster featuring La Albiceleste captain Lionel Messi was displayed in the West Bank, seemingly as a warning against the game going ahead, and common sense has since prevailed.

“The Israeli embassy laments to announce the suspension of the match between Israel and Argentina planned for next Saturday, June 9, as a prelude to the game for the World Cup in Russia,” a statement read.

“Argentina and the state of Israel, close for 70 years, are not in a football match.”

Gonzalo Higuain welcomed the decision, telling ESPN: “They’ve finally done the right thing.”

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