Lionel Messi is under investigation by the La Liga and Catalan government officials for breaching the Covid-19 protocols after it emerged he hosted a barbecue party for his Barcelona teammates at his mansion on Monday night.
It was reported that Argentine striker hosted the gathering with the wives and girlfriends of his teammates also in attendance.
It was said that, Messi as the Barca captain wanted a bond for his teammate ahead of what could be a title decider against leaders Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
According to ABC, Messi’s intention of boosting morale may land him in hot water by breaching LaLiga rules that prevent gatherings of more than six.
The publication states that the barbecue observed social distancing with tables carefully laid out and that people were outside but adds that LaLiga officials were caught by surprise when reading in the media that Messi was hosting a get-together.
‘The League was aware of that meal and all security requirements were met. The celebration of this barbecue, we have found out from the press.’