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Argentine President Mauricio Macri

Argentina's forward Lionel Messi attends a training session at the FC Barcelona 'Joan Gamper' sports centre near Barcelona on June 6, 2018

Netanyahu Concerned Nixed Argentinian Match Could Set Precedent for Anti-Israel Activism

TEL AVIV – Amid calls from Israel demanding soccer’s governing body FIFA to investigate threats against Argentinian players, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed concern that the South American country’s “disappointing” decision to cancel its friendly soccer match against Israel would not set a precedent. 

Argentina's Lionel Messi takes part during a team training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper, in Sant Joan Despi, Spain, Friday, June 1, 2018. Israel will play against Argentina next 9 June in a friendly soccer match. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Israel in Uproar over Argentina Pre-World Cup Friendly Snub

JERUSALEM — The sports-crazed nation of Israel was in uproar Wednesday over Argentina’s abrupt cancellation of a World Cup warmup match following pro-Palestinian protests, with some of the country’s leaders accusing Lionel Messi and his teammates of caving to terrorism.