Lionel Messi Unexpectedly Absent from Friendly Match in China, Fans to Receive Refunds

Fans who had purchased tickets to see Lionel Messi play in a friendly match in China were left disappointed when the Inter Miami star surprisingly did not take part in the game against Hong Kong XI. Organizers have now announced that ticket holders will be refunded their money.

The absence of the legendary Argentine footballer resulted in visible displeasure from the crowd of 40,000 at Hong Kong Stadium, with some expressing their frustration by chanting “refund” and booing the Herons. Instead of taking the field, Messi was seen on the sidelines wearing street clothes.

Organizers issued a statement on Instagram, apologizing to all those who were disappointed by the turn of events. They stated that the event, which they had worked hard on for months, had turned into a source of great heartbreak.

Inter Miami emerged victorious in the match, defeating Hong Kong XI with a score of 4-1. However, it was revealed that organizers had signed a contract with Inter Miami, stipulating that Messi and other key players must play at least 45 minutes, unless they were injured.

During halftime, Inter Miami informed the organizers that Messi would not be able to participate due to a hip injury. While stars Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets played in the second half, striker Luis Suarez was also absent from the match.

Interestingly, just three days later, Messi, Suarez, Busquets, and Alba played in the Herons’ friendly against Vissel Kobe in Japan. The decision to field them in this match upset the organizers, who felt it was a “slap in the face.”

Tatler Asia, the organizing entity, expressed their disappointment at the lack of respect shown by Messi and Inter Miami towards the friendly crowd. Despite their pleas, the star player did not engage with the spectators.

The Hong Kong government also expressed their disappointment at Messi’s absence, and Inter Miami issued an apology for the last-minute decision to play without him and Suarez.

In an effort to take responsibility, Tatler Asia announced that they would refund 50% of the ticket price to those who purchased tickets through official channels. Details regarding the refund process will be communicated separately.

While the fans were disappointed, Messi expressed his regret at not being able to participate in the match. He hoped to have the opportunity to return and play another game in Hong Kong, as he always does whenever possible.

FAQ:

Q: Why didn’t Lionel Messi play in the friendly match in China?
A: Messi was unable to play due to a hip injury.

Q: Were the ticket holders refunded?
A: Yes, organizers announced that ticket holders will be refunded their money.

Q: How did the crowd react to Messi’s absence?
A: The crowd expressed their frustration by chanting “refund” and booing the Herons.

Q: Did Inter Miami win the match?
A: Yes, Inter Miami emerged victorious with a score of 4-1 against Hong Kong XI.

Q: Why did the organizers feel disappointed and heartbroken?
A: The organizers had worked hard on the event for months, but Messi’s absence turned it into a source of great heartbreak.

Q: Did Tatler Asia announce any compensation for the disappointed fans?
A: Yes, Tatler Asia announced that they would refund 50% of the ticket price to those who purchased tickets through official channels.

Definitions:

– Inter Miami: A football club based in Miami, Florida, United States, which Lionel Messi plays for.
– Herons: Refers to the Inter Miami football team.
– Hong Kong XI: Refers to the opposing team in the friendly match.
– Hip injury: Refers to an injury affecting the hip joint.
– Tatler Asia: Refers to the organizing entity responsible for the event.

Related links:
Tatler Asia – website of Tatler Asia, the organizing entity.
Inter Miami – official website of Inter Miami football club.
HKFA – Hong Kong Football Association’s official website.