Messi’s desire to visit Western Wall Turns to diplomatic dust – Argentina cancels match against Israel
Its 3 days left for the World Cup to begin and the football fans all over the world are waiting impatiently for the matches to begin in Russia. But in another part of the world, football lost to political diplomacy as Argentina’s warm up match against Israel was cancelled ahead of the World Cup. The Argentine National Brigade was scheduled to play their last warm up game before the World Cup 2018 against Israel at Haifa. But the noise started when Israel Football Federation shifted the venue to Teddy Kollek Stadium in Jerusalem, which sits on the site of a Palestinian village, al-Malha and the match was being billed as part of Israel’s 70th Independence Day celebrations. Jerusalem rather “Occupied Jerusalem” is the capital of Palestine, suffering from political turmoil as Israel is trying to occupy on it forcefully.
● Diplomatic Dust and Political Drama :
Though Palestine praised Argentina’s decision of defending ‘occupied Jerusalem against Israel’ the Israelis have come up with a greater protest against FIFA for cancellation of this match. Whereas Israel federation kept front the fact of death threats to Leo Messi and his teammates as probable reason of the cancellation.
● Protest On Social Media Platform
Against FIFA :
On the past few days FIFA’s facebook page have suffered a record drop in its review and rating. Over 125k people have protested against the cancellation of this match. They have not refrained from saying “it seems FIFA supports terrorism”. FIFA won the hearts of many Plestenians but it compelled more Israelis to protest vehemently. The rating of the official FB page now stands at 1.2, an all time low!
● What Made Argentina Interested in Israel?
Sources confirm that Messi’s wish to kiss the Western Wall and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was also another reason that gave birth to the change in venue. Argentine football great Diego Maradona visited Jerusalem with the national team in search of good luck before the 1986 triumph, then again in 1990 and 1994. Messi himself visited Jerusalem, kissing the Western Wall and playing a local match in 2013, the year his professional team, Barça, won the Spanish Super Cup. So this time the Argentine brigade wanted to pay a visit before they move for Russia.
● Writer’s Take:
This World Cup is crucial for Argentina and Messi as “its this time or no time”. So as the World Cup proceeds it will show what Messi does and whether his luck boost up things or not. Can Messi beat against all odds and turn to be the greatest of all time bagging the most prestigious trophy for his nation?