Atletico Friendly Against Juventus In Israel Cancelled Over Security

Atletico Friendly Against Juventus In Israel Cancelled Over Security
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The pre-season friendly which had been slated to take place between Spanish side Atletico Madrid and Italian giants Juventus which had also been scheduled to take place in Israel this weekend has been ultimately cancelled because of some “security” concerns, the two teams announced on Saturday.

The match was due to take place at the Bloomfield stadium in Tel Aviv on Sunday but a renewed surge in hostilities in the region prompted the promoters Comtec Group to call it off.

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“Due to the latest developments, the friendly between Atletico Madrid and Juventus, scheduled in Israel, has been cancelled,” said Juventus in a statement.

“Due to the current security situation, Comtec Group announces that the match between Atletico Madrid and Juventus, scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday 7 August at Bloomfield Stadium, will not be played.”

Israel hit Gaza with air strikes on Saturday and a Palestinian militant group retaliated with a barrage of rocket fire, in the territory’s worst escalation of violence since last year.

Juventus start their Serie A campaign with a home tie against Sassuolo on August 15 while Diego Simeone’s Atletico play their La Liga opener against Getafe the same day.

In another report, While reacting to the massive backlash on the Football club and some of their supporters, the Fenerbahce’s club president has on Saturday insisted that they would not be apologising for anything after their fans had been heard chanting Vladimir Putin’s name during a match against Dynamo Kyiv.

Images which had been posted on social media showed a section of Fenerbahce’s packed stadium singing the Russian president’s name in response to Dynamo’s first goal against the Istanbul side in a Champions League qualifying match on Wednesday.

 

Africa Daily News, New York

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