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SBD Global/July 4, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Lionel Messi Cancels Friendly Scheduled For Wednesday At L.A.'s Memorial Coliseum
Published July 4, 2013
MESSI APOLOGIZES: Ole reported Messi said in an apology on his Facebook page, "I am disappointed in the management of the charity game in Los Angeles. I had a lot of desire to attend and enjoy this as I did in Perú and Colombia. This project is done for the fans, and because of this I am very disappointed with the organization. A special hug to any people that were going to support this cause at Memorial Coliseum and thanks to everyone for your support" (OLE, 7/3).
CONFLICT IN PERÚ: EL BOCÓN reported that during Messi's "Messi and the Rest of the World" charity game in Lima, Perú on Tuesday night, "it was not all happiness because with 15 minutes remaining, Messi left the field to intervene in a scuffle between stadium security personnel and Messi's family members." Messi's father, JORGE, and brothers RODRIGO and MATIAS were escorted from the field after approaching Messi's team's bench. Messi then "immediately left the field and returned to his hotel without showering" (EL BOCÓN, 7/3).