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Argentine soccer team cancels match in Israel amid death threats against Lionel Messi

Argentine soccer team cancels match in Israel amid death threats against Lionel Messi

Argentina's national soccer team announced Wednesday it was canceling a friendly match against Israel's national team amid political pressure and after facing death threats, which the country's foreign minister said were "worse than ISIS."

The announcement brought bitter disappointment for some 30,000 Israeli fans who had purchased tickets to the highly-anticipated game set for Saturday and drew condemnations from Israeli leaders who accused the Palestinians of using "terrorism" to halt the game.

For Palestinians and their supporters, however, there was jubilance. The decision to withdraw from the game was seen as the biggest victory yet for the boycott,...

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