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Lionel Messi’s Injury Causes Outrage and Friendly Cancellations in China: A Look at the Aftermath

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Feb 11, 2024
Lionel Messi backlash leads to cancellation of Argentina’s tour of China

Lionel Messi faced criticism in China after missing a game against Hong Kong XI. The planned Argentina friendlies in March were canceled due to this incident. The Hangzhou sports authorities canceled the Argentina-Nigeria friendly, and the Beijing Football Association announced that the second game against Ivory Coast will not be played.

Messi sat out the friendly due to an adductor injury, causing outrage among fans and the government. Event organizers and Inter Miami both released statements apologizing for Messi’s absence. It was initially guaranteed that Messi, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquet, and Luis Suárez would play at least 45 minutes unless injured. Suárez was also hurt and did not play. As a result, fans will receive 50% refunds for the event.

Despite the cancellation of games in China, there is potential for the games against Nigeria and Ivory Coast to still be played during the March international break. The Argentinian Football Association will look into different locations to hold the friendlies. Nonetheless, Messi finished Inter Miami’s Asian tour by playing 30 minutes against Vissel Kobe on Wednesday in Tokyo.

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