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Fark these ■■■■■ are thin skinned

Furor over Messi no-show in Hong Kong game deepens with Argentina’s tour of China canceled

Sun, February 11, 2024 at 2:13 AM GMT

Inter Miami's Lionel Messi, center, reacts with teammates during a penalty shootout at the friendly soccer match between Vissel Kobe and Inter Miami CF at the National Stadium, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

HONG KONG (AP) — The fallout from Lionel Messi

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's failure to play in a club exhibition match in Hong Kong has spread with both of Argentina’s friendly matches as part of a tour of mainland China next month canceled by local football authorities.

The Beijing Football Association said on Saturday it would not organize Argentina’s scheduled friendly against Ivory Coast in Beijing in March, reportedly saying to local media: “Beijing does not plan, for the moment, to organise the match in which Lionel Messi was to participate.”

The news comes a day after [Chinese sports authorities canceled Argentina’s scheduled exhibition match against Nigeria]

World Cup champion Argentina, captained by Messi, last month scheduled a tour of China during the international break from March 18-26 with games lined up against Nigeria in Hangzhou and Ivory Coast in Beijing.

But Messi, on tour with his Inter Miami club, outraged fans in Hong Kong when he didn’t play against a local selection last Sunday and remained on the bench. Messi said he had a groin injury. But his excuse didn’t wash in Hong Kong after he played for 30 minutes on Wednesday in Tokyo against Vissel Kobe.

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It’s been big news in Hong Kong for the last week - The locals are unhappy that Messi did not play any minutes but played in Japan 3 days later. The team made a major gaffe by not making Messi sign autographs or do some type of question and answer with the fans - It’s even more surprising that Beckham who is savvy with PR did not organise this with Messi - The punters were also unhappy that Suarez failed to play - Thousands of punters have made claims with the Consumer Department for refunds and the HK Government is asking for money back from Inter Miami. The funniest thing is that on the evening after the game we had dinner close to the stadium. The restaurant was packed and there were two tables of punters who were venting their spleens at Messi’s no show - I can understand punters being unhappy with the turn of events.

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That time of the year again. “Is it efficient for the British to line up with us in China!”

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