PSG suspends Lionel Messi over unauthorized Saudi Arabia trip

Lionel Messi was suspended by French football club Paris Saint-Germain for taking a trip to Saudi Arabia without the club’s permission, a person with knowledge of the situation reveals on Tuesday.

The person would not specify the length of the suspension, though French media reported it to be two weeks. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.

A two-week suspension would mean Messi would miss PSG’s next two games.

A source who spoke on condition of anonymity told the AP that Messi won’t be allowed to train or play with the team and won’t be paid during his suspension.

Messi has a commercial contract with Saudi Arabia to promote tourism in the Middle Eastern country was denied his request to make the trip.

The suspension comes at a delicate time as the French club hopes to extend the Argentine star’s contract beyond this season.

Messi’s trip followed PSG’s surprise 3-1 loss to Lorient on Sunday, leaving the defending champions with a five-point lead over Marseille with five games left in the season. Messi played the full game.

Messi joined PSG from Barcelona two years ago, and there has been speculation about the club he would play next.

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