Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu has called for an urgent meeting with the club’s Sporting Director, Eric Abidal over a fallout with club legend Lionel Messi.
Abidal had made a comment on air questioning the performances of the players in the wake of former manager Ernesto Valverde’s sacking.
He said “many players weren’t satisfied or working a lot, there was an internal communication problem.”
The comment did not go down well with one of the best players in the world as Messi took to Instagram to air his disgruntlement.
His Spanish message translated into English, read: “To be brutally honest, I don’t like doing these things, but I think that every person has to take responsibility for their own duties and the decisions they take. That includes the players, in what goes on out on the pitch—but we are the first ones to recognise when we haven’t played well. Those in charge of the Technical Area also need to assume their responsibilities and above all, the decisions that they make. Lastly, I think that when someone mentions players, they should give names, because if they don’t, they are tarring everyone with the same brush and fuelling gossip—a lot of which is not true.”
Messi and Abidal played together between 2007 and 2013.
The Argentine has 18 months left to run on his contract, and the club is wary of upsetting the six-time balon d’or winner.