Two days ago, the president of the Palestinian football federation Jibril Rajoub called on Sunday to "burn" images of Lionel Messi in the event of his participation in the friendly match between Argentina and Israel.
Argentina was supposed to be a guest at Israel's Teddy Stadium in West Jerusalem on June 9, in their final match before the World Cup in Russia (June 14-July 15). Argentina play in Group D alongside Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria.
Rajoub on Sunday sent a letter of protest to the Argentinian representative in the West Bank city of Al-Bireh, addressed to the Argentine government and the Football Association, especially calling on the star of Barcelona not to participate in the match.
"From today, we will start a campaign against the Argentine federation, in which we will target Messi personally, who has tens of millions of fans in the Arab and Islamic countries. We will target Messi and demand everyone," Rajoub told reporters. To burn his shirt and burn his image and give up. "