The decision after long considerations for military escalation in the Middle East is anticipated by the cancellation of the clubs’ departure. The announcement with a tweet from the Colchoneros, then that of Juventus: “For security reasons”
Tomorrow night’s friendly between Juventus Turin and Atletico Madrid will not be played in Tel Aviv. The decision comes after threats in the final hours of an attack on the Israeli city following military escalation between Israel and Gaza’s jihadists. For both clubs, there remains the need for one final test before the start of their respective leagues: all scenarios are being examined, from the possibility of a venue for Juve-Atletico to finding another opponent to end the preliminary-season.
First Atlético, then Juve
After a morning of rumours, the announcement came with a tweet just before 12.30pm from the Spanish club: “Due to the current security situation, Comtec Group (organizer of the match), Juventus and Atlético de Madrid announce that the friendly match between the two teams will take place at the on Sunday 7th August at Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv Israel has been cancelled.
Juve later said: “Due to the latest developments, the friendly match between Atletico Madrid and Juventus scheduled in Israel has been cancelled. Due to the current security situation, Comtec Group announces that the match between Atletico Madrid and Juventus, scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday 7th August at Bloomfield Stadium, will not be played. Ticket holders will be automatically refunded within 14 days using the same payment instruments used for the purchase.
After the rumors had already arrived from Spain in the morning, the first visible sign of a change in plans came from Madrid: It was understood that Atlético would not have started when the meeting scheduled for 11.30 a.m. for the 12.30 p.m. departure was missed. Juventus’ departure from Turin’s Caselle Airport for Tel Aviv was instead scheduled at 3pm, although the message to the team had arrived before late morning training.
The situation in the Middle East determines the change of scenery. These days, it is the Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip that have killed at least ten people (in addition to wounding 55), including the commander of Islamic Jihad’s Northern Sector Tayasir Jabari. This was followed last night by the launching of 70-80 rockets from the Gaza Strip towards the center of the country: there would be no casualties. In raising the number of rockets fired to 100, political leader of the Islamic organization Ziad Nahaleh added that “Tel Aviv and all other Israeli cities are in the crosshairs.” Hence the alarm for tomorrow evening. “The question is being considered by everyone involved – explained Dani Benaim, CEO of the company Comtech, which organizes the game – At the moment there are no changes”. But in these cases everything changes quickly.
August 6, 2022 (Modified August 6, 2022 | 1:22 PM)
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