Lionel Messi has apologized on social media, days after his team hit him over the head with a sledgehammer as a punishment.
Lionel Messi said he was sorry for going to Saudi Arabia without permission, which led to him being suspended by Paris Saint-Germain.
Messi was punished by the French team after he went to Saudi Arabia on a funded trip. He is not expected to play in the games against Troyes and Ajaccio.
In response to the criticism, the Argentine star has apologized to the team and his peers. He said he thought he had the day off, but he didn’t, so he couldn’t cancel the trip.
Messi said in a social media show, “Hello. So, after everything that’s going on, I decided to make this video. First of all, I want to say sorry again to my club friends. I really thought we would have the day off after the game like we always did.
I planned this trip to Saudi Arabia, but I had to stop it before, so I couldn’t go. Again, I’m sorry about what I did. So, here I am, doing nothing but waiting to see what the club wants to do. A hug.”
Lionel Messi reportedly got a two-week suspension from Paris Saint-Germain because he skipped training on Monday to go to Saudi Arabia.
ESPN says that Messi won’t get paid during his suspension and won’t be able to train or be in the starting lineup.
According to the French newspaper L’Equipe, PSG boss Christophe Galtier told his players that if they beat Lorient on Sunday, they would have Monday and Tuesday off, but if they lost, they would have to go to practice on Monday.
Galtier and Luis Campos, who is in charge of sports, gave Messi permission to leave if his team won or tied, because he wanted to keep his sponsorship deal as a Saudi ambassador.
But after PSG’s embarrassing 3-1 loss to Lorient, which was their third league loss in the last four games, sources told ESPN that Messi went to Saudi Arabia without getting another permission, which meant he couldn’t go to practice on Monday.