Sources: LaLiga opens investigation into Messi’s lunch with his Barcelona teammates

Sources: LaLiga opens investigation into Messi's lunch with his Barcelona teammates

A Barcelona spokesperson said they have not received any notification of an investigation by LaLiga or local authorities at the moment.

The League has opened an investigation into whether Barcelona players violated coronavirus regulations by attending a lunch at Lionel Messi’s home, a league source told ESPN.

Reports in the Catalan media also say that local authorities are investigating whether the event could have violated restrictions in force in the region. People are allowed to meet in Catalonia, outside or inside, but only in groups of up to six people.

Messi held a team lunch at his property in Castelldefels on Monday, while the Barcelona prepares for this weekend’s first-class clash against the Atlético de Madrid.

Sources told ESPN that the players and other companions spent the afternoon outside and at separate tables, respecting the social distancing regulations established by La Liga, but the Spanish league is seeking more information about the meeting.

Despite the success of the vaccination program in Europe, players are still required to follow strict guidelines on match days, including changing only before arriving at the stadium, and adhere to the testing and distancing rules set by the relevant local government.

However, there is no precedent for players or clubs to be punished for infractions related to football regulations. coronavirus.

Four players from the Seville They were criticized last May for attending a barbecue before the league rebooted in June. The president of LaLiga, Javier Tebas, said “action would be taken” against him, but the issue disappeared after the players issued public apologies.

A spokesperson for the Barcelona said they had not received any notification of an investigation of The league or the local authorities and that was a problem for the players.

Messi, whose future remains unresolved with his contract expiring in June, reunited the team at his home in Castelldefels, a coastal city outside Barcelona, ​​after Monday’s training session ahead of what could turn out to be a defining week in the title race.

No game in the middle of the week, the coach Ronald Koeman he had given the players Monday afternoon and Tuesday off. They don’t train again until Wednesday night.

They play against the leaders of the league Athletic at the Camp Nou on Saturday knowing that they will surpass them with a victory, although their hopes of winning the league also depend on Real Madrid, which receives the fourth classified Seville on Sunday, you need to lose points.

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