The cancellation of the planned Argentina friendlies in China following Lionel Messi’s absence from a game against Hong Kong XI has sparked backlash among fans and the government. Messi missed the game due to an adductor injury, causing outrage among fans and authorities. Event organizers and Inter Miami both issued apologies for Messi’s absence, stating that it was not intentional.
Despite the cancellation of games in China, there is still potential for the games against Nigeria and Ivory Coast to be played during the March international break. The Argentinian Football Association will look into different locations to hold these friendlies. In other news, Messi finished Inter Miami’s Asian tour by playing 30 minutes against Vissel Kobe on Wednesday in Tokyo.
The incident with Messi missing a game against Hong Kong XI caused controversy in China, leading to the cancellation of the planned friendlies between Argentina and Nigeria in March. The Hangzhou sports authorities also announced that the second game against Ivory Coast will not be played due to this incident. Fans were outraged by Messi’s absence and event organizers and Inter Miami issued statements apologizing for any inconvenience caused. Although Suárez was also injured and did not play, fans will receive a 50% refund for their tickets.