Argentina’s Football team, led by the legendary footballer Lionel Messi, has pulled out of a “friendly” warm-up match against Israel after protests from fans around the world.

According to our sources, the match was “suspended” after “escalation of violence, threats and criticism” by fans of the sports team, especially toward the captain ‘Leo’ Messi.

On Wednesday, the Israeli Embassy in Argentina confirmed that the match had been canceled, citing unspecified “threats and provocations” against star player Lionel Messi.

Sports journalist, Ezequiel Fernández Moores, said:

The Argentine team has played in Israel before; the question now is that the match is going to be held in Jerusalem, there is political as well as economic background to this. For this game, Israel offered more than two million dollars and transportation costs.

“In the end, they’ve done right thing, and this is behind us,” Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuain told ESPN. “Health and common sense come first. We felt that it wasn’t right to go.”

Jibril Rajoub, chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, said the Palestinians would not allow the game to take place. We will protest Sunday outside the offices of the Argentine representative in Ramallah, the de facto Palestinian capital, he said he had sent a letter to the Argentine Football Association urging it to cancel the match.

The letter was also “intended for Messi,” he said, “who is a symbol of love and peace, and who is a UNICEF ambassador for spreading love and tolerance. We demand that he not serve as a means to beautify the fascist occupation’s image and its racist policy.”

A poster in the West Bank city of Hebron urging Messi not to participate in the Argentina-Israel World Cup warm-up match.

Some fans have already burnt jerseys of Messi as part of their protest against him and Argentina. However, the situation has been diffused thanks to the decision that has been announced.