He missed the club’s training to make the trip to Saudi Arabia for sponsorship commitments.
The former Barcelona captain has now apologised to his teammates and opened up on what transpired.
“I want to apologize, of course, to my teammates, to the club. I honestly thought we had a day off after the game as we have done throughout the weeks before… sorry for what I did and I’m waiting for whatever the club decides.”
Messi released a video on Instagram to tender his apologies to his teammates.
Leo Messi statement ???????????? #Messi
“I thought we were going to have a day off after the game as always. I had this trip organized and I couldn't cancel it. I had already canceled it before…”.
“I apologize to my teammates and I'm waiting for what the club wants to do with me”. pic.twitter.com/GBuarEgwSl
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 5, 2023
Messi will not train or play for the club during the duration of the suspension.