Atletico Madrid’s game against Juventus in Tel Aviv on Sunday has been cancelled due to the security situation in Israel.
Atleti had trained on Saturday and were taken to the airport ready to take their flight to Tel Aviv, only for a last minute directive to come down instructing them to stay put.
Mundo Deportivo details how reports from the Palestinian Health Ministry indicate that a series of missiles fired by the Israeli army left at least eight people dead and 44 wounded. Other missiles reportedly hit locations in the north and south of the Gaza Strip.
The friendly was meant to help Diego Simeone’s team build their fitness to a peak before the La Liga season kicks off, but they will now be desperate to find a domestic alternative at short notice.
AS suggest that the game could simply be moved to Juventus’ stadium in Turin, but it would require time to organise even a simple solution like that, and the match certainly wouldn’t be able to take place on Sunday as intended.
Roma travelled to Israel last week to face Antonio Conte’s Tottenham in a pre-season friendly at the Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa, Israel. The Giallorossi won 1-0.
This is the last thing the Rojiblancos needed as they look to bounce back from a disappointing season with a strong start.