Sports Spanish league to probe Messi's barbecue for teammates

22:46  04 may  2021
22:46  04 may  2021 Source:   thecanadianpress.com

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BARCELONA, Spain — The Spanish league said Tuesday it will investigate a gathering of Barcelona players at Lionel Messi’s home.

  Spanish league to probe Messi's barbecue for teammates © Provided by The Canadian Press

Local authorities are also expected to check if any COVID-19 protocols were broken during the gathering on Monday.

Spanish media said Messi invited his teammates and their partners for a barbecue to help the squad bond ahead of a decisive Spanish league match next weekend.

Barcelona can move into first place on Saturday if it beats league leader Atlético Madrid at the Camp Nou Stadium.

The barbecue came a day after Barcelona defeated Valencia 3-2 to stay within two points of Atlético with four rounds to go.

Local media said players could be heard chanting “campeones (champions)” from inside Messi’s house.

Barcelona did not immediately comment.

Sanctions against players and the club are possible but not likely to be severe.


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Messi strikes twice in 2nd half to keep Barcelona near top .
MADRID — Lionel Messi came through for Barcelona again on Sunday, keeping the Spanish league's title race wide open. Messi scored two second-half goals — including his 50th from a free kick — as Barcelona came from behind to beat Valencia 3-2 and get within two points of leader Atlético Madrid ahead of their key match at the Camp Nou Stadium next weekend. A win will give Ronald Koeman’s team the league lead for the first time this season. Antoine Griezmann also scored for Barcelona, which is tied on points with second-place Madrid with four rounds to go. Madrid has a better head-to-head tiebreaker against both rivals at the top. Sevilla also remains in the title race.

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