Barcelona To Suspend Lionel Messi And Seize Portion Of His Salary

Lionel Messi feels that he is no longer a player at Barcelona but the league think differently and a ‘serious offence’ could be committed.

The Argentine could be suspended and have a portion of his salary seized by the Nou Camp outfit if he continues to refuse to attend official club events.

Messi did not turn up for Sunday’s coronavirus tests and it seems clear he will not attend new coach Ronald Koeman’s first training session as coach on Monday.

Both of those indiscretions would represent his first and second ‘serious offences’ and as both La Liga and the club believe that he is still under contract, this represents a breach of the collective agreement for players and clubs in the division.

If he were to refuse to attend a further training session, this could be treated as a third ‘serious offence’, one which could lead to a suspension of up to 30 days, or a fine of up to 25% of Messi’s substantial salary.

The LaLiga giants are being particularly careful in this case.

They have not designated either incident as a ‘serious offence’ yet as they want to ensure that there is an opportunity for the situation to be resolved and for the Argentine to still have a future at Camp Nou.

Messi meanwhile believes that he has already informed the club, via burofax, that he is no longer a Barcelona player and therefore he is not obliged to attend any events.

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Barca President Josep Maria Bartomeu and Messi’s father, Jorge, are expected to meet towards the end of the week to continue discussions in an attempt to resolve the issue.