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Palestinian Soccer Head To Appeal FIFA Ban For Incitement Against Messi

TEL AVIV— The head of the Palestinian Football Association, Jibril Rajoub, said he would appeal FIFA’s decision to ban him for inciting fans to “hatred and violence” against Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi as part of an intense Palestinian campaign that he launched in a bid to stop Argentina from playing a warm-up game in Israel this summer.

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.