Palestine federation urges Messi Israel boycott

‘Messi. Don’t come. Don’t whitewash face of racism’, Rajoub said

Ramallah: The head of the Palestinian football federation is calling on Arab and Muslim sports fans to burn photos and T-shirts of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi if he attends a friendly match between Argentina and Israel next weekend.


Jibril Rajoub made the call after a demonstration in front of the Argentinian representative office in Ramallah, where he asked Argentina to cancel the match.

The match is scheduled to be played Saturday at an Israeli football stadium in the occupied Jerusalem neighbourhood of Malha. The neighbourhood is situated on the site of a former Palestinian village destroyed during the Nakba 70 years ago.

“Messi. Don’t come. Don’t whitewash the face of racism,” Rajoub said.

Israel’s football federation says Messi is expected to play at next week’s match.

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