BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 P.M.) – President of the Argentine Football Association Claudio Tapia apologised on Wednesday for cancelling a friendly game against Israel which was scheduled to take place in Jerusalem on Saturday.
“I would like to apologise to all the Argentinian people who live in the Israeli community, to all the Israelis who bought tickets so quickly to see the Argentinian team”, said Tapia during a press conference in Barcelona.
“My responsibility as President of the Argentinian Football Association is to fight for the health and physical integrity of all the delegation and, in my role, I made this decision. So I simply apologise to the Israeli community. [This was] nothing against the Israeli community, it is nothing against the Jewish community, rather the opposite, and I think and I would like that, from this moment, everyone considers my decision as a contribution to world peace”, he added.
On Tuesday, the Argentinian selection decided to cancel the pro-World Cup friendly game against Israel, following political pressure.
The decision sparked outrage from Israeli officials.
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