It was supposed to be a friendly soccer match ahead of this summer's World Cup, with Israel facing off against the Argentine national team in Jerusalem. But, Haaretz reports, the match has been called off because of Palestinian protests and threats made against Argentina's star player:
Argentina has called off an exhibition match against the Israeli national soccer team that was slated for Saturday in Jerusalem, after being pressured by Palestinian groups to cancel the game.
Early Wednesday, the Israeli Embassy in Argentina confirmed that the game had been canceled, citing unspecified "threats and provocations" against star player Lionel Messi.
Argentine media reported that the reason for the cancellation was a series of threats made against Messi and his wife. Argentine sports daily Olé reported that the match was canceled following "threats and controversy..."