Atlético-Juventus friendly match in Tel Aviv canceled due to armed clashes


The friendly football match between Atlético Madrid and Juventus Turin scheduled for Sunday in Tel Aviv is canceled for « security reasons“The two clubs announced on Saturday, as armed clashes pit Israel against a Palestinian armed group in Gaza.

« Due to the current security situation, Comtec Group (company in charge of organizing the match), Juventus and Atlético Madrid announce that the friendly match between the two teams which was to take place this Sunday August 7 at the Bloomfield stadium of Tel Aviv is canceled“, is it indicated in a press release published by the two formations.

Atlético was to play its last preparation meeting on this occasion before facing Getafe on August 15, on the first day of La Liga. Juve will begin their journey in the Italian league on the same day by receiving Sassuolo.

The Bloomfield stadium in Tel Aviv hosted the 2022 Champions Trophy last Sunday between Paris SG, reigning French champions, and FC Nantes, winner of the cup (victory of PSG 4-0).

But deadly clashes broke out on Friday between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, an armed group in the Gaza Strip. The exchanges of fire have already left a dozen dead on the Palestinian side, in what represents the worst outbreak of violence between the two enemies since the blitzkrieg of last year. On Saturday, the Israeli army said it expected an operation « one week« .


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