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Fans in Hong Kong Enraged After Messi Doesn't Show Up in Field


Mon 05 Feb 2024 | 05:20 PM
Fans Attending Inter Miami Game in Hong Kong 2024
Fans Attending Inter Miami Game in Hong Kong 2024
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On Sunday, Hong Kong people turned to be very upset about Inter Miami and their star Lionel Messi. 

Fans in the stadium booed the star and David Beckham.

The Hong Kong government had requested alot the featuring of Messi in the sold-out football game. Almost 40,000 fans gathered in the Hong Kong stadium, some of them paid $624, in hope to see 2022 FIFA World Cup winners' captin who spent the game on the bench.

The MLS side defeated Hong Kong XI 4-1.

The eight-time Ballon d’Or winner was among the advertized faces of the match but his lack in the game drove the fans to demanded a refund.

In addition, the Hong Kong government, which paid more than $2 millions to the match organizer, said it was “extremely disappointed” of Messi being on the bench.

In a news conference Monday, Hong Kong Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism Kevin Yeung said the contract signed between the government and match organizer had a term of Messi's time play, and he should play at least 45 minutes.

According to Yeung, the organizer told the authorities that Messi would be out of actionn due to injury, but he may participate in the game for 10 minutes.

Therefore, authorities asked the organizer to allow more time for the fans to spend with the player. 

Yeung said: "We therefore immediately request them to explore other remedies, such as Messi appearing on the field to interact with fans or receiving the trophy. Unfortunately, this did not work out."

On the other hand, the organizer said “extreme disappointment” that Messi and teammate Luis Suárez did not play in Hong Kong," adding: “did not have any information about the non-participation” of the players.