Lionel Messi barbecue probed for COVID-19 violations

A bonding barbecue for his Barcelona colleagues might have backfired for Lionel Messi.

The soccer star welcomed his colleagues and their other halves and sweethearts to his house for a barbecue on Monday, according to Spanish media. The reported event has actually triggered a investigation by La Liga and regional authorities into a possible breach of COVID-19 procedures.

Regional reports state that the celebration drew attention from next-door neighbors when gamers were heard shouting “campeones (champions)” from Messi’s Castelldefels residential or commercial property, according to the Associated Press.

En foto del 29 de abril del 2021, Lionel Messi del Barcelona reacciona tras desperdiciar una ocasión de gol en el partido contra el Granada por la Liga española. El sábado 1 de mayo del 2021, Lionel Messi apoya boicot de redes sociales en el fútbol del Reino Unido y pide que se haga más para combatir el abuso racial y discriminación. (AP Foto/Joan Monfort)

A team-building gesture may backfire for Lionel Messi and Barcelona. (AP/Joan Monfort)

Barcelona is connected with Genuine Madrid for 2nd location in La Liga and has a possibility to take control of top place in a Saturday match with league leader Atlético Madrid.

Barcelona argues event didn’t break guidelines

Barcelona has actually rejected that that there was a breach, arguing that all the gamers remain in the exact same COVID-19 bubble, according to The Athletic. The group likewise states that the barbecue was held outside with social distancing procedures in location.

La Liga has actually prohibited events of more than 6 individuals throughout the pandemic. It’s unclear what charge Barcelona will sustain if discovered to have actually broken procedures.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.