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Palestinian children have requested star Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi to not play the international friendly against Israel at Jerusalem.

The children, in an open letter to the Argentinian player, said that they will be extremely disappointed if he plays in the occupied territory.

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“Jerusalem’s football is constructed on the graves of Palestinians,” protesters said.

Palestine Football Association chief Jibril Rajoub urged fans on Sunday to burn pictures of Argentina striker Lionel Messi and replicas of his shirt if he plays against Israel in Jerusalem next weekend.

Twice world champions Argentina will play at Jerusalem’s Teddy Kollek Stadium on Saturday night in a World Cup warm-up match that has attracted huge interest among the Israeli fans, mainly because of Messi’s planned participation.

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