Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) has suspended Lionel Messi for two weeks after the Argentine forward took an unauthorised trip to Saudi Arabia. The decision comes at a time when PSG is facing on-field problems with the club having already been eliminated from the Champions League and the French Cup. In Ligue 1, they are currently the leaders, but their position is under threat from Marseille, who are only five points behind.
Messi, who is currently embroiled in a debate about his future at PSG, has been sanctioned for his travel to Saudi Arabia, which is considered a “serious error” by the French club, as reported by RMC. He had played in the team’s shock home loss to Lorient on Sunday and was set to play in their next fixture against Troyes this coming Sunday. However, under this internal suspension, Messi will now miss both games against Troyes and Ajaccio.
PSG, which is owned by Qatar, did not take the unauthorised trip by one of their star players lightly, especially as Messi was working as an ambassador for their Gulf rivals. There have also been rumours that Messi could be moving to Saudi Arabia to play for a club in the country soon.
Implications of Messi’s Suspension
The suspension of Messi is a significant blow to PSG’s Ligue 1 campaign. Although they are still in the lead, the absence of their star player could impact their performance and give Marseille an opportunity to overtake them in the league. The suspension also raises questions about Messi’s future at the club and whether this incident could affect his relationship with PSG’s management.
It remains to be seen how long the sanction will last, but if it is only for two weeks, Messi could return to play against Auxerre on May 21. For now, PSG will have to rely on other players to maintain their lead and avoid any more off-field controversies.