Messi missed training after losing to Lorient 1-3 on Sunday in the league, and was seen in Saudi Arabia under a contract with the country’s tourism authority, where he regularly promotes him on his social networks.
Agence France-Presse learned from a source familiar with the file, on Tuesday, that Paris Saint-Germain, the leaders of the French Football League, will suspend its Argentine star, Lionel Messi, for several days, after he opened a disciplinary procedure against him for traveling to Saudi Arabia without the club’s approval.
And while several media outlets, including Radio Monte Carlo and the sports newspaper L’Equipe, indicated that he was suspended for two weeks, the source asked by AFP did not confirm the duration of the suspension, saying that the Argentine would be absent for “several days.”
For his part, a source close to the club explained that the administration “most likely” will suspend Messi for a period of two weeks, noting that “no one is above the institution.”
The source familiar with the file added: “He cannot train or play, and he will not be paid during the period of disciplinary action.”
Messi missed training the day after losing to Lorient 1-3 on Sunday in the local league. The Ballon d’Or holder for the best player in the world was seen in Saudi Arabia under a contract with the country’s tourism authority, where he regularly promotes him on his social networks.
Paris Saint-Germain will meet its host Troyes next Sunday in the thirty-fourth stage of the league, a match that the world champion may miss if this two-week suspension is confirmed. In any case, the Argentine will not participate in Wednesday’s training, according to the source familiar with the file, who was asked by AFP.
This disciplinary measure comes at a crucial moment for Messi’s future in Paris Saint-Germain, as he is at the end of his contract with the French capital club.
The 35-year-old has scored 15 league goals this season, his second season with Paris Saint-Germain.