Lionel Messi faces being suspended by Paris Saint-Germain after travelling to Saudi Arabia earlier this week with out the membership’s permission, in line with worldwide studies.
In keeping with the studies Argentina’s World-Cup profitable captain, who’s out of contract on the finish of the season, can be banned for “several days”, whereas varied media in France reported that he can be hit with a two-week suspension.
“He can not prepare, can not play, and won’t be paid whereas disciplinary measures are in place.
One other membership supply indicated that the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner would “probably” be sidelined for a fortnight, noting that “nobody is more important than the club”.
Messi, who will flip 36 in June, performed in PSG’s 3-1 residence defeat by Lorient in Ligue 1 on Sunday.
He then travelled to Saudi Arabia to fulfil commitments as a part of a contract with the nation’s vacationer workplace.
Consequently Messi missed a coaching session pencilled in for Monday following the weekend defeat, earlier than the PSG squad got a break day on Tuesday.
The supply with data of the matter stated that the Argentine wouldn’t participate in coaching on Wednesday both.
PSG are as a result of return to league motion away at struggling Troyes on Sunday, a sport that Messi might now miss.
If he had been to be sidelined for 2 weeks he would additionally sit out a house match towards Ajaccio on Might 13.
The disciplinary measures make the prospect of Messi staying within the French capital after his two-year deal expires on the finish of this season much more distant.
Having at one level appeared set to increase his keep for an additional 12 months, a supply near the membership instructed AFP final month that he was now “much more likely” to depart on the marketing campaign’s finish.
Messi arrived from Barcelona in 2021 however has struggled to breed his finest kind in Paris, scoring 31 objectives in 71 appearances in all competitions.
He was lately jeered by a bit of the PSG help, who see him as a logo of all of the membership have achieved incorrect in specializing in celebrity signings whereas failing to construct a genuinely aggressive workforce.
Messi has scored 20 objectives in all competitions this season and is the main assist-provider in Ligue 1, with 15.
Nonetheless, his kind since main Argentina to World Cup glory in Qatar has declined together with that of the workforce.
PSG’s insipid efficiency towards Lorient introduced a sixth defeat in 17 Ligue 1 matches in 2023.
They continue to be 5 factors away from Marseille on the high of the desk with 5 video games left, and are due to this fact nonetheless on track for a file 11th French title.
Nonetheless, they had been knocked out of the Champions League within the final 16 by Bayern Munich and in addition went out of the French Cup on the identical stage to Marseille.