Lionel Messi faces Mexico BAN after politician tabled motion against Argentina star over World Cup controversy
A furious Mexico politician is attempting to have Lionel Messi barred from entering the country and has officially tabled a motion against the Argentina captain.
According to sportbible.com Mexico is planning to ban Messi from entering their country. Argentina defeated Mexico 2-0 in the World Cup in Qatar, rebounding from a dramatic upset over Saudi Arabia in their Group C opener.
Messi’s spectacular low-powered goal from beyond the area in the second half left Mexico shot-stopper Guillermo Ochoa stranded.
The Paris Saint-Germain star then set up Enzo Fernandez for Argentina’s second goal, which he scored with a stunning looping strike into the top corner.
Messi was seen changing clothes with Mexico captain Andres Guardado following his team’s important 2-0 victory at the Lusail Stadium.
Argentina’s players rejoiced in the locker room following their emphatic victory, but the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner was placed at the center of controversy.
While removing his footwear, Messi looked to flick a Mexico shirt on the locker room floor with his foot.
Argentina’s star provoked a response from enraged Mexicans, including boxing legend Canelo Alvarez, who threatened Messi.
Mexican politician Maria Clemente Garcia Moreno was among those who were appalled by Argentina captain Messi’s “lack of respect for Mexico” during the World Cup.
The 37-year-old renowned transgender advocate has asked for Messi to be declared a “persona non grata” in order to prevent him from entering Mexico.
“The Chamber of Deputies of the Honorable Congress of the Union respectfully urges the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to issue the corresponding Declaration in order to declare persona non grata within the territory of the United Mexican States to the citizen of Argentine and Spanish nationality, Lionel Andres Messi Cuccitini, due to his manifest contempt and lack of respect towards Mexico during the FIFA World Cup.”