https://www.futbolmundial.com/ In China a number of fans expressed their anger towards Lionel Messi for failing to show in his sides 4-1 victory. Messi was nursing a hamstring injury. And the Sports Office of the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou announced this Friday the cancellation of a friendly match that the Argentine soccer team was supposed to play in March.
In China a number of fans expressed their anger towards Lionel Messi for failing to show in his sides 4-1 victory.
The office stated that it would not be the right time for the event to be held, reported the local newspaper Global Times, a few hours after the absence of Lionel Messi in the match that Inter Miami played last Sunday against a Hong Kong team. Lionel Scaloni’s team was due to face Nigeria in Hangzhou, the entity indicated on its website. The second announced match was against the Ivory Coast in Beijing, for which there is still no official cancellation. The friendly match that saw the Hong Kong team face off against Inter Miami on Sunday was intended to be a spectacle, but it became a story of disenchantment and widespread anger, since the Argentine soccer legend did not even put on his boots and look at the game from the side, due to his injury. The Chinese press and fans have criticized Messi for his supposed «impassive» and «inexpressive» attitude during his stay in Hong Kong, while in Japan, where he played half an hour of play in another friendly on Wednesday, «he seemed like a different person» and » «He greeted everyone.» Messi apologized to his Chinese fans on the Messi’s club, Inter Miami, clarified for its part that it was simply «too risky» for Messi to play.
Tatler Asia, the company organizing the duel, said today in a statement that it will refund 50 percent of the ticket price after the criticism received for the Argentine’s absence.