PSG suspend Lionel Messi for two weeks, gives reason

Paris Saint-Germain Football Club have suspended Argentine superstar, Lionel Messi, for two weeks over an unauthorised visit to Saudi Arabia.

PSG boss Christophe Galtier reportedly told the PSG players that they would be given Monday and Tuesday off from training, if they were to beat Lorient on Sunday.

Lorient handed PSG a shocking 3-1 defeat, and the players were called in for training on Monday.

Messi flew to Saudi Arabia following the defeat and did not report to training on Monday. PSG initially considered handing the 35-year-old a fine, as “the situation created tensions within the dressing room, with some players unhappy with the incident,” according to a report from ESPN.

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According to Fabrizio Romano’s reports, PSG has decided to suspend Lionel Messi for two weeks (two games), perhaps complicating any ongoing negotiations for a new contract.

Messi’s PSG contract expires this summer, with widely reported interest from MLS (Inter Miami) and Saudi Arabia (Al Hilal).

Messi was not present at their Camp des Loges training ground, hence the subsequent punishment.

The BBC report that the player had asked PSG for permission to travel to Saudi for commercial work but was refused.

Messi’s £25million per year contract at the Parc des Princes is due to expire this summer, though it remains to be seen if he will entertain an extension amid constant rumours of a dream return to Barcelona.

Messi joined PSG in a blockbuster deal in the summer of 2021 after financially-challenged Barca could not afford to keep him despite a hefty wage cut amid LaLiga’s tightened rules on spending.

He has since scored 31 goals and laid on 34 assists in 71 total appearances across all competitions for the French giants, including 20 and 19 in 37 outings this term.

However, he has frequently received criticism from fans for his performances in 2022/23, with PSG on track for another Ligue 1 title but eliminated early from both the Champions League and Coupe de France as another managerial change potentially looms in the summer.

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