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"We were sent photos of missiles", Uruguay's concerns over Tel Aviv

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Pin Uruguay were worried about the situation in Gaza prior to Argentina friendly. EFE
Uruguay were worried about the situation in Gaza prior to Argentina friendly. EFE

"We were sent photos of missiles", Uruguay's concerns over Tel Aviv

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The build up to the friendly between Argentina and Uruguay has been marred by the unstable situation in Tel Aviv. Although the authorities called for calm, Oscar Tabarez, the Uruguay coach, was clear when talkin about the fear and concern his team had prior to travelling there.

Around 29,000 supporters snapped up the tickets for the Argentina-Uruguay match at Bloomfield Stadium in no time. However, the escalation of violence in Gaza in recent days put the game in serious doubt. 

Oscar Tabarez, the Uruguay coach, talked about not playing the fixture unless their security was guaranteed. He once again spoke about the issue prior to Monday's game with Argentina (20:15 CET). 

"The footballers were very worried, just like me and the coaching staff. We were sent images of missiles which were exploding in the air and we have not experienced that before," Tabarez said. "This match has got a lot of meaning, it is to do with our origins," the Uruguay coach stressed. "We haven't played Argentina for a long. It is also more and more difficult to organise games with European sides as they only play against each other."

The key to playing was in the guarantees presented by the Israeli authorities: "We had the information that the security was guaranteed with the ceasefire which began in Thursday. Everything went back in it's place."

"Now we are as always, happy, enjoying this situation and waiting for the game, which is the most important thing," Tabarez concluded. 

 

 

 

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