Ar­gentina boy­cotting me­dia for ‘ac­cu­sa­tions, dis­re­spect’

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Lionel Messi and his Ar­gentina team­mates will boy­cott the me­dia be­cause of ac­cu­sa­tions made against striker Eze­quiel Lavezzi.

“We're here to say that we are not go­ing to speak any­more with the press,” Messi said af­ter Tues­day's 3-0 vic­tory over Colom­bia in World Cup qual­i­fy­ing. “We re­ceive a lot of ac­cu­sa­tions, a lot of dis­re­spect. The ac­cu­sa­tions against Lavezzi are very se­ri­ous.”

The boy­cott stems in part from a re­port by an Ar­gen­tine jour­nal­ist that Lavezzi smoked mar­i­juana dur­ing the team's train­ing camp.

Lavezzi has said he would “ini­ti­ate le­gal pro­ceed­ings” against the re­porter.

He was not in­cluded in the squad on Tues­day, a key vic­tory that keeps Ar­gentina in the chase to reach the 2018 World Cup in Rus­sia.

Ar­gentina, run­ner-up two years ago at the World Cup, has also been crit­i­cized for its poor play so far in World Cup qual­i­fy­ing.

The Barcelona for­ward did not say how long the boy­cott could last. He also apol­o­gized to some re­porters.

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