PSG confirm Lionel Messi back in training after being fined and suspended for Saudi Arabia trip
Lionel Messi has returned to Paris Saint-Germain training following his two-week suspension.
The World Cup winner was punished by his club after making an unauthorised trip to Saudi Arabia. He was suspended for two weeks and saw his wages docked for the promotional visit to the Middle East country without permission.
Messi was pictured in Riyadh the day after PSG's surprise loss to Lorient late last month, but today the club's official Twitter account confirmed the 35-year-old had returned.
Posting a photo of Messi in a training kit, a caption read: "Leo Messi back in training this Monday morning."
⚽️🔛 Leo Messi back in training this Monday morning. pic.twitter.com/Neo6GEWEIm
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) May 8, 2023
Messi is an ambassador for the Saudi Tourism Authority and since apologised for the confusion, insisting he assumed he had a day off. He said in a video: "I wanted to make this video due to everything that is happening.
"First of all, I want to say sorry to my team-mates and to the club. I honestly thought that we were going to be free after the game, as had been the case in previous weeks.
"I had organised this trip to Saudi Arabia, which had been cancelled previously and this time I couldn't. I apologise again and I'm here for whatever the club decide. All the best."