June 6, 2018 / 9:04 AM / 5 months ago

Israel blames Palestinians for cancellation of Argentina friendly

Israeli Football Association president Ofer Eini and Israeli Football Association CEO Rotem Kamer arrive ahead of a news conference in Ramat Gan, Israel, June 6, 2018. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel on Wednesday blamed Palestinian pressure for Argentina’s cancellation of its World Cup warmup against Israel, a match that had been set for contested Jerusalem.

The Palestinians accused Israel of using the fixture and the participation of Barcelona ace Lionel Messi to underpin its disputed claim to Jerusalem, which U.S. President Donald Trump recognised last year as Israel’s capital in a break from international consensus.

Writing by Ori Lewis; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg

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