World football governing body, FIFA, on Thursday said it has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Palestinian Football Association boss, Jibril Rajoub, over his comment against Lionel Messi.
Rajoub had urged fans to burn pictures, shirt of Argentina captain, Messi, if he played against Israel in Jerusalem in a friendly earlier this month.
Jorge Sampaoli men were billed to play at Jerusalem’s Teddy Kollek Stadium in a World Cup warm-up match.
The match, slated for the Teddy Kollek Stadium in Jerusalem, was eventually cancelled.
“The FIFA disciplinary committee has opened disciplinary proceedings against the president of the Palestinian Football Association, Jibril Rajoub,” the soccer body said in a statement.
“The decision came as a result of his statements, widely reported in the media, with respect to the international friendly match that was scheduled to take place on 9 June 2018 between Israel and Argentina.”
Rotem Kamer, Israeli FA vice-president, accused Rajoub of “football terror”. The Football chairman, Ofer Eini, said in a statement Thursday that Rajoub had “crossed each and every red line”.