- An Argentine DJ has denied accusations he gave Lionel Messi COVID-19 after receiving loss of life threats.
- Messi examined optimistic for the virus after posing for a photograph with the DJ at a celebration in his hometown.
- There is no suggestion that Palacio has COVID, or that he’s linked to Messi’s an infection.
A DJ who met Lionel Messi at a celebration in his hometown has denied unfounded accusations he contaminated the star with COVID-19 and stated he has been despatched loss of life threats by offended followers who blame him for Messi getting coronavirus.
Paris Saint-Germain confirmed on Sunday that Messi is one in every of 4 gamers to have examined optimistic for COVID-19 in the course of the holidays.
Messi spent the Christmas break in his hometown in Argentina, Rosario, the place he attended a number of events, together with one at which he posed for a photograph with DJ Fer Palacio, who was acting on the night time.
—SportsCenter (@SC_ESPN) December 27, 2021
Palacio, 31, stated in a video on Sunday that because it was revealed Messi had examined optimistic, he has been receiving loss of life threats from individuals who imagine he was liable for giving the soccer star the virus.
“I’m a development on Twitter as a result of Messi examined optimistic for COVID-19,” stated the DJ in an Instagram story, per quite a few stories.
“They relate this to me saying that I contaminated him. They’ve even referred to as me ‘assassin.’
“I’ve a variety of very unhealthy personal messages. Yesterday I bought examined as a result of I’ve to journey to Uruguay, and I should not have COVID-19.”
Palacio later posted a photograph exhibiting a destructive COVID check on Twitter.
—Fer Palacio (@ferpalaci0) January 2, 2022
PSG performed its first match of 2022 on Monday with out Messi, who has remained in Argentina to isolate.
“Messi has been in common contact with our medical staff, and when he has a destructive check, he’ll journey to France, however we do not know any greater than that,” his supervisor Mauricio Pochettino stated Sunday after information of Messi’s optimistic check.
“Till he will get a destructive check in Argentina, he will be unable to journey to France. So it’s all all the way down to the check by way of when he can journey.”
The 34-year-old’s absence, nevertheless, did not cease Pochettino’s aspect securing a snug 4-0 victory over fourth tier Vannes within the last-32 of the French Cup.
Striker Kylian Mbappe scored a hat-trick on the night time to take his complete of targets for the French membership to 150 in all competitions in simply four-and-a-half seasons.
“It is an honour. Scoring so many targets for such an enormous membership is all the time good,” the 23-year-old stated after the match. Due to his hat-trick, Mbappe is now simply seven away from overtaking Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 156 targets to develop into the membership’s second highest scorer ever.
Whereas Mbappe trails Ibrahimovic by simply six targets, he’s nonetheless properly behind PSG’s all-time document scorer, Edinson Cavani, who bagged 200 for the membership earlier than transferring to Manchester United in 2020.
“There are solely three of us, and the hole between us is closing increasingly. I am fortunate sufficient to play alongside two nice gamers,” Mbappe stated.
“I do know that Ibrahimovic is not far off, however a very powerful factor is that we’re by and that we hold getting ready properly for the matches developing.”
Pochettino stated of Mbappe’s achievement: “It is unbelievable. I am glad for him and glad for the staff as a result of it helped the staff to realize what we needed.”