Lionel Messi suspended for two weeks by PSG

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Lionel Messi suspended for two weeks by PSG

The Paris Saint-Germain forward, Lionel Messi, has been suspended for two weeks after an unauthorised trip for two days to Saudi Arabia, French sports daily L’Equipe has reported.

The report said that the Argentina World Cup winner was banned from playing or training with the team, and his pay will be docked during his suspension.

Messi, who has a role as a tourism ambassador for Saudi Arabia, will miss the Ligue 1 matches against Troyes and Ajaccio but may return for the match against Auxerre on 21 May. PSG are top of the standings with 75 points from 33 matches.

The Saudia Arabia minister of tourism, Ahmed al Khateeb, posted a welcome message to Messi on Twitter on Monday and on Tuesday posted further photos of Messi and his family visiting the country.

Messi started in PSG’s 3-1 home defeat by Lorient on Sunday. PSG top the table by five points from second-placed Marseille.