Amid Argentina captain Lionel Messi's transfer rumours next season, French champions Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly suspended their star forward Messi for two weeks and the Argentine playmaker's 14 days' salary will also be docked by the French club.
According to various media agencies in France, PSG have suspended Messi for two weeks, and under their suspension norms, the club has decided to dock his 14-day salary, which is around INR 1.2 crore. However, AFP reported the period of suspension would be a few days not two weeks.
Qatari Investment Authority-owned PSG have decided to suspend Lionel Messi for two weeks and to dock his salary for the suspended period for taking a trip to Saudi Arabia without the club's permission. Lionel Messi, along with his wife, Antonela Roccuzzo, and his sons Mateo and Ciro, travelled Diriyah in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday as the Middle East country's Minister of Tourism, Ahmed Al Khateeb shared pictures of Messi and his family on Twitter from their Saudi trip.
The suspension could worsen the club's relationship with Messi as the 35-year-old is yet to renew his contract with PSG. However, many reports claimed that Messi is eyeing a return to his boyhood club Barcelona next season. On the other hand, Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal, who are the arch-rivals of Cristiano Ronaldo's Al-Nassr, are interested in signing Lionel Messi next season and bringing back the Ronaldo vs Messi era.
If a ban is imposed on Messi for 14 days, it means the Argentine will miss PSG's next trip to Stade de l'Aube to face Troyes on Sunday followed by their home fixture against Ajaccio at the Parc des Princes on April 13.