Lionel Messi organized a meal at his home in the company of all his teammates and their companions to weld the workforce of FC Barcelona. An initiative that calls for health measures to fight against Covid-19. Like La Liga, Catalonia’s public health agency has opened an investigation.
The meal organized by Lionel Messi continues to generate a lot of ink. Monday, the Argentine striker would have welcomed all the players of FC Barcelona, with their companions, at his home in order to “weld the workforce” before approaching the home stretch of the championship. Given the current economic situation and the very strict health measures imposed to fight against Covid-19, the dinner organized by the Argentinean challenges and is in the crosshairs of Spanish football authorities.
According to Cadena Cope, La Liga has opened an investigation into this gathering which violates the health protocol put in place to avoid cases of contamination in the league. The Spanish league has therefore opened an information file for each player who participated in this meal. This is the step preceding the opening of a disciplinary file. The same type of procedure has already been started with the players of Sevilla and Sporting Gijon.
But that’s not all since according to TV3, the Catalan public health agency will also get involved in the case and will open an investigation into this meal organized by the Barcelona star.
The sanitary protocol was not respected
If this dinner is fueling controversy, it is also because it has completely violated the rules of the region’s health protocol decreed by the Generalitat de Catalunya which stipulates that gatherings with more than 6 people are not allowed.
“We will have to see if we need to go further. There is an established process. But we want to call on everyone, not just to act. People with public responsibility should do it more intensely because they are leading by example. “, declared Peré Aragones, the interim Catalan president.
It remains to be seen whether this reception organized by Lionel Messi will lead to sanctions. In Italy, Weston McKennie and Paulo Dybala had participated in an underground party and had not failed to be sanctioned by Juve, the Piedmont club removing them from the group in addition to a financial fine.