Barcelona fined over Messi absence

Barcelona fined over Messi absence

Published Jul. 25, 2012 1:00 a.m. ET

Lionel Messi's absence from Barcelona's exhibition at Hamburg because of a right leg injury cost the club more than just a game from the world's best player.

Barcelona confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday that the Argentine forward's failure to play in Germany on Tuesday will cost the club 30 percent of its fee for the game, a loss of about 360,000 euros ($436,000).

Barcelona beat Hamburg 2-1 on goals by Dani Alves and Gerard Deulofeu. The team was also without its Spanish national team players, still on vacation after winning the European Championship final in Ukraine on July 1.

Barcelona said Messi's response to treatment will determine how long he is out.


The Spanish club plays Moroccan team Raja in an exhibition on Saturday.