Obviously, Lionel Messi will be an ambassador for Major League Soccer (MLS), but for other teams in the league, he can be a distraction. St. Louis City FC has taken matters into its own hands by banning Argentina jerseys during their home matches.
On Saturday, Inter Miami, the new club with the legendary No. 10, was in Missouri, the day before Florida’s La Pulga showdown at Drive Pink.
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At CITYPARK in St. Louis, the local favorites prevailed 3-0, and fans were forbidden to support Messi in any way.
“For the July 15 match, this includes all Messi jerseys, shirts and accessories – Miami, Argentina, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Newell’s Old Boys and Grandoli,” the tie organizers wrote in a note. The 36-year-old striker played.
No doubt other clubs would emulate St. Louis, as this practice of banning opponents’ uniforms from stadiums is more common in Europe.
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