The controversy surrounding Inter Miami‘s recent visit to Hong Kong has continued days later. The Major League Soccer side previously played a Hong Kong XI on Sunday, February 4th in front of over 38,000 fans. Although Miami won the preseason match, a majority of the home fans were not thrilled that Lionel Messi did not feature.
The superstar unfortunately missed the encounter due to a hamstring injury. After the game, Messi himself conducted a rare press conference to express regret for the injury. He even claimed to hopefully return to Hong Kong soon.
While Messi missed the Hong Kong match, he did manage to recover in time to play against Vissel Kobe three days later. As a result, Hong Kong government officials have since requested more explanation regarding Messi’s absence in their nation.
Miami has responded by saying that they are “compelled to reiterate the reality of these types of sports injuries” during their preseason preparations. They also echoed the superstar’s sentiments about returning to Hong Kong “should the fans be open to receiving the club again.”
MLS analyst claims that fans know the risks when purchasing tickets
While Inter Miami felt compelled to publicly apologize for Messi’s recent absence, MLS commentator Max Bretos took a different approach. In this week’s episode of The Soccer OG with Max Bretos, the analyst stated that buying tickets to watch a sporting event is risky. A particular player’s involvement in the game is never necessarily guaranteed.
“The public should know better for these games. Seeing a player play in front of you is promised to no one,” Bretos told his listeners. “So, why are we treating the fans like they deserve something here? You are going to take to risk of buying those tickets for a game that you know damn well anything could go haywire, especially when you’re dealing with someone who’s 36. That’s on you.”
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Author : Chris Moore
Publish date : 2024-02-08 18:14:08
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