Lionel Messi’s suspension from Paris Saint-Germain has ‘nothing to do’ with manager Christophe Galtier.
Paris Saint-Germain manager Christophe Galtier has stated that he had “nothing to do with” Lionel Messi’s suspension and has also criticised fan protests outside players’ residences.
Argentina captain Messi was punished for two weeks by the club after an unauthorized travel to Saudi Arabia.
Protests erupted after the Ligue 1 leaders were defeated at home by Lorient on Sunday.
PSG has lost three of their last six league games and has been eliminated from the Champions League.
“Leo’s suspension has added to poor performances, and we can’t hide behind that,” Galtier, 56, said.
“I had nothing to do with the decision. The decision was communicated to me.
“I can’t say it has been a pleasant period.”
On Wednesday, fans gathered outside the residence of the team’s Brazilian striker Neymar, calling for him to quit the club.
The supporters’ actions forced the club to tighten security at Messi’s, Neymar’s, Italy player Marco Verratti’s, and Galtier’s houses, as well as at the club’s training complex.
“We must exercise caution when it comes to protests in front of a player’s home.” “Private life must remain private,” Galtier stated.
“I understand our fans’ rage and disappointment.” You may protest at the training field, the PSG headquarters, or after a game at Parc des Princes, but I will not allow it in anyone’s home.
“A lot of these things are happening right now, and they can be uncontrollable and dangerous.”
Messi, 35, will depart PSG when his contract expires in the summer, while Neymar, 31, will miss the rest of the season due to an ankle injury.