Hong Kong government may cut support funding after Messi did not play in friendly match

Hong Kong government may cut support funding after Messi did not play in friendly match

Feb 05, 2024 by CNBC

Key Facts

  • HONG KONG, CHINA - FEBRUARY 04: Fans react after not seeing Inter Miami’s Argentine forward Lionel Messi play during the friendly match between Hong Kong Team and Inter Miami CF at Hong Kong Stadium on February 4, 2024 in Hong Kong, China.
  • China News Service | China News Service | Getty Images The Hong Kong government said it may cut funding for a friendly match after soccer legend Lionel Messi did not take the pitch on Sunday.
  • Major League Soccer team Inter Miami defeated a select Hong Kong XI 4-1 in a friendly match, but did so without the help of the Argentine superstar who remained on the bench for the whole 90 minutes.
  • The Government, as well as all football fans, are extremely disappointed that Messi could neither play in the friendly match, nor explain to the fans in person upon request,” the statement said, adding that “the way that the organizer and Inter Miami CF handled the situation could not meet the expectations of the fans.”

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