Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) have confirmed that they will be suspending football star Lionel Messi for the next two weeks over his unauthorized trip to Saudi Arabia. According to AFP, PSG will discipline Lionel Messi for his actions that went against the club’s protocol.
Lionel Messi and PSG
The suspension, which will take place immediately, will last for two weeks. During the time of suspension, Messi will not be able to participate in any games or group training activities. He will also have 2 weeks of his wages deducted. The club’s decision comes after Messi went on a trip to Saudi Arabia. Which was reportedly not authorized by the PSG management.
Sources have confirmed that the suspension will take place now, and Messi is still waiting for official communication from the club. According to Julien Lerauns of ESPN, PSG would have had Monday off if they had won their match against Lorient. Which they didn’t. Messi failed to inform PSG coach Galtier or the club’s president of his plan to leave for Saudi Arabia. Leading to the disciplinary action taken by the club.
The suspension of Messi is a significant blow to PSG. Who signed the Argentine legend on a free transfer from Barcelona last summer. Messi has been instrumental for PSG this season, scoring 20 goals and providing 19 assists in just 37 games in all competitions. His absence will be keenly felt by the club. Who are still chasing the Ligue 1 title, PSG are already out of all other title races.
This latest development also adds to the growing list of controversies surrounding PSG this season. The club has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, including alleged racism and tensions between players and coaching staff. The suspension of Messi only adds to the drama surrounding PSG, and it remains to be seen how the club will cope without their star player.