According to a media report, Paris Saint-Germain has increased security. After the heated mood among fans of the French soccer champion had not abated even after Lionel Messi was suspended and supporters even marched in front of Messi's strike partner Neymar's house, the club took further measures.
As the Agence France-Presse news agency wrote, security personnel have been reinforced in front of the training ground and in front of Messi's, Neymar's and Italian PSG's Marco Verratti's accommodations.
Earlier, PSG issued a statement condemning in the strongest possible terms the unacceptable actions and insults committed by a small group on Wednesday. According to media reports, around 200 people had gathered in front of the office. There were also verbal insults against Messi, who has been criticized by some PSG fans for a long time and who was whistled at during the team presentation in games in the Parc des Princes.
Trip to Saudi Arabia enrages fans
Messi's short trip to Saudi Arabia as a tourism ambassador earlier this week was not well received by fans after the 3-1 defeat by Lorient. The fact that the family vacation should not have been discussed with the club brought the 35-year-old soccer world champion from Argentina a two-week suspension.
As reported by French and Argentinian media, another engagement after the end of Messi's contract on June 30 is ruled out. Messi himself or his manager and father Jorge have yet to comment. PSG has not yet commented on the suspension either, and Messi's name was not mentioned in the statement about the insults either. "Messi, what a waste", headlined "Le Parisien": "Two years for nothing."
Messi left his heart club FC Barcelona in tears in the summer of 2021, the heavily indebted club could no longer afford the South American. In addition to an offer from Al-Hilal from Saudi Arabia and interest from Major League Soccer in the USA, there has also been speculation for a long time about a return from Messi to Barcelona. The association at least confirmed the project.