A Barcelona spokesperson said they have not received any notification of an investigation by LaLiga or local authorities at the moment.
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The League has opened an investigation into whether Barcelona players violated coronavirus regulations by attending a luncheon at Lionel Messi’s home, a league source told ESPN.
Reports in the Catalan media also say that local authorities are investigating whether the event could have violated restrictions in force in the region. People are allowed to meet in Catalonia, outside or inside, but only in groups of up to six people.
Messi held a team luncheon at his property in Castelldefels on Monday, as Barcelona prepare for this weekend’s first-class clash against Atlético de Madrid.
Messi celebrates with his teammates from Barcelona Getty Images
Sources told ESPN that the players and other companions spent the afternoon outside and at separate tables, respecting the social distancing regulations established by La Liga, but the Spanish league is seeking more information about the meeting.
Despite the success of the vaccination program in Europe, players are still required to follow strict guidelines on match days, including changing only before arriving at the stadium, and adhere to the testing and distancing rules set by the relevant local government.
However, there is no precedent for players or clubs to be punished for infractions related to coronavirus regulations.
Four Sevilla players were criticized last May for attending a barbecue before the league restarted in June. LaLiga president Javier Tebas said “measures would be taken” against him, but the issue disappeared after the players issued public apologies.
A Barcelona spokesman said they had not received any notification of an investigation from LaLiga or local authorities and that it was a problem for the players.
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Messi, whose future remains unresolved with his contract expiring in June, reunited the team at his home in Castelldefels, a coastal city outside Barcelona, after Monday’s training session ahead of what could turn out to be a defining week. in the race for the title.
With no game midweek, coach Ronald Koeman had given the players Monday afternoon and Tuesday off. They don’t train again until Wednesday night.
They play league leaders Atlético at Camp Nou on Saturday knowing that they will surpass them with a victory, although their hopes of winning the league also depend on Real Madrid, who receive fourth-placed Sevilla on Sunday, who need to lose points.