FC Barcelona striker Lionel Messi missed Tuesday's friendly against Bundesliga side Hamburg SV, costing his club €400,000 ($484,000), according to Moisés Llorens of AS. Messi missed the match after he "suffered a contusion" while training in the days leading up to the friendly. A clause in the contract with the German side stipulates that Messi's absence would cost Barça €400,000. That money will be used by Hamburg "to compensate their fans" for Messi's absence (AS, 7/24). MARCA's Sergi Font. reported that Messi's absence "would be very expensive" for Barcelona. The contract between the two sides had Barça taking in €1.2M ($1.45M), but without Messi that figure "decreases by 30% or more." That means the club will lose out on between €360,000 ($435,672) and €500,000 ($605,100) (MARCA, 7/24). MUNDO DEPORTIVO's José Luis Artús noted that Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova felt bad for the Hamburg fans who were looking forward to seeing Messi play. Vilanova said, "I feel bad for the people of Hamburg. I feel bad that they can't see Messi, but he would be taking a risk. The injury is not bad, and we hope that he will be ready for the match against Tanger on Saturday" (MUNDODEPORTIVO, 7/24).
EPL Everton FC have pulled out of the inaugural Java Cup in Indonesia after "failing to receive assurances over the tournament," according to the PA. Everton was due to participate in the event this week. However, the club "decided not to travel" following the withdrawal of the Turkish champions Galatasaray and the "failure of the organisers to confirm the competing teams." A club spokesperson said: "Club officials here in the U.K. and our forward planning/security team deployed to Jakarta [Indonesia] at the weekend have repeatedly asked for clarity and assurances from the organisers on the issues, but unfortunately have not received the answers we required in the time-frame necessary to ensure our participation." Everton currently has friendly fixtures scheduled against Blackpool, AEK Athens and Málaga before the start of the new season (PA, 7/24).
Championship side Leeds United have "won their high court action over who should pay for policing of matches at Elland Road," according to the PA. The litigation involved policing "in the extended footprint of land around the stadium which is not owned or leased by the club." England High Court Judge David Eady said that those services "could not be classified as special police services and the club, whose home matches have one of the worst records of football-related violence in the country, should be repaid" (PA, 7/24).