The president of the Palestinian Football Association urged Messi not to take part in the game.
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The Israeli and Palestinian football associations traded accusations Wednesday over the cancellation of a World Cup warmup match between the Jewish state and Argentina in the disputed city of Jerusalem.The sold-out game in Jerusalem was hotly opposed by Palestinians, who claim the eastern part of the city, occupied and later annexed by Israel, as the capital of their future state.Palestinians were already angered by U.S. President Donald Trump's transfer of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May, which sparked protests in Gaza in which dozens of Palestinians were killed.Israel considers Jerusalem its "indivisible" capital.The press in Argentina and Israel reported that the Argentine Football Association was supposed to receive a payment of between two and three million dollars if Messi played.Israel has not qualified for the tournament.
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