The Argentine National Team has two friendlies scheduled for Asia in the month of March, one against Nigeria and another against the Ivory Coast. However, the Hangzhou Sports Office, venue of the first match, issued a surprising statement stating that “the conditions are not in place” for the match to be played.
In this way, the entire tour of Asia could be canceled and the AFA would be looking for new venues.
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The AFA had confirmed days ago that the match against the Nigerian team was going to take place at the Olympics Sports Center stadium in the city of Hangzhou, while against the Ivorians the presentation will be at the Workers' Stadium in Beijing.
One of the rumors that emerged in the last few hours is that this unexpected action would respond to alleged anger on the part of Hong Kong with Lionel Messi for not being able to play the friendly with Inter Miami against the Asian team. However, sources close to the AFA confirmed to TN that it has nothing to do with the issue.
The rivals of the Argentine National Team on the tour that will take place in March. (Photo: AFA Press).
The exhibition between the combined players of the Hong Kong First Division and Inter Miami was intended to be a spectacle but it became a before and after for the locals, since Messi did not play a minute due to being injured and they could not see him on the field , which generated frustration among the fans. To make matters worse, three days later, in Japan, the captain of the Argentine National Team was part of a friendly against Vissel Kobe, which provoked the anger of many fans. Even a local official asked that Messi not be allowed into Hong Kong anymore.
What Lionel Messi said after his absence in the friendly against Hong Kong
“Unfortunately, it's a football thing, in any game you can have an injury. It happened to me that I couldn't be at the Hong Kong match and it's a shame because I always want to participate, I want to be there and even more so when it comes to these types of matches where we travel so far and people are so excited to see our matches.” said the Argentine star after the repercussions generated by his absence.