Madrid (dpa) – World footballer Lionel Messi, determined to change, stayed away from mandatory corona tests at FC Barcelona.
The 33-year-old did not meet his appointment at 10:15 am on Sunday, the Spanish media reported unanimously. This means that the Argentinian is not allowed to participate in the first training on Monday at 5.30 pm in preparation for the new season in the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper training center. After the missed test, this is prohibited according to the safety rules of the Primera División.
The test and training boycott exacerbates the conflict between professional and club. The attacker wants to leave the Spanish runner-up from Catalonia for free. He relies on a clause that allows him to do this until just before the end of a season. Barça replied that the deadline for this was June 10th. According to the club’s stance, the contract, which runs until the end of June 2021, requires Messi to announce his will at least 20 days before the end of the season.
Unlike Messi, professionals also appeared for the PCR tests on Sunday, which the club put on the sales list after initial talks with new coach Ronald Koeman. These include striker Luis Suárez, who is associated with Juventus, former Bayern professional Arturo Vidal and former Schalke Ivan Rakitic. Rakitic would be on the verge of returning to his former club and Europa League winner Sevilla FC.