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A friendly football match between Argentina and Israel in Jerusalem has been cancelled, according to Argentine media, a PLO spokesperson and an Argentinian striker.

The match against Israel had drawn criticism with the head of the Palestinian Football Association urging fans last weekend to burn pictures of Argentina striker Lionel Messi and replicas of his shirt if he played in the game.

Lionel Messi of Argentina stretches before an global friendly match between Argentina and Haiti at Alberto J. Armando Stadium on May 29, 2018, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Following the reports of cancellation, Israeli officials scrambled to try and get the game back on track, with Netanyahu phoning Argentinian President Mauricio Macri.

"I grew up with them and they have taught me many things".

Although the stadium that was slated to host the match is in west Jerusalem, Rajoub had complained that it is situated in a neighborhood built on the site of a former Palestinian village destroyed during the war surrounding Israel's independence 70 years ago.

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"As far as I know, the players of the national team were not willing to play the game", Faurie said before confirmation of the game's cancellation.

"But that's the way it is, we have to travel on the day before the match, play Israel in Israel and then from there go on to Russian Federation".

Jorge Sampaoli and his team found out as they ate dinner on Tuesday though they were not surprised after fans protested outside their training camp in Barcelona. "The Israeli government is trying to give it political significance by insisting it be held in Jerusalem", Rajoub said.

Responding to the cancellation of the game, Regev, the culture and sport minister, said early Wednesday that Argentinian players had received threats from "terror groups". The Palestinians have agreed in several agreements to claim the eastern part of the city as the capital of a future state that will include the Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

The news was met with cheers in Gaza, where at least 120 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces during recent protests.

"Messi is a symbol of peace and love", he said in a statement ahead of the game. On Tuesday, a group of Catalan pro-Palestinian protesters called out the names of the players and asked them not to participate in the "cover-up" of a social conflict.

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