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River Plate chief condemns fans who abused Messi

River Plate president Rodolfo D'Onofrio has condemned the actions of supporters who allegedly abused Barcelona forward Lionel Messi at the airport following Sunday's Fifa Club World Cup final in Japan.

Messi was the target of abuse at the airport in Japan. Credit: Reuters

According to media reports, Messi was spat at and insulted by some River fans as the Barcelona squad prepared to fly home following their 3-0 victory over the Argentinian side.

Messi, the Argentina captain, scored the opening goal in the match as Barca lifted their third Club World Cup crown.

In quotes reported by AS, River president D'Onofrio told Fox Sports:

There's always some idiot, to put it mildly. I've just read that Messi had problems in the airport with some fan. Messi is the best player of Argentinian football, he's a gentleman... when he scored the goal he raised his hands apologising.

He congratulated the club for having got where we did, and he told me that when he was a youngster he was on the verge of becoming a River player. So I applaud him. You need to know how to lose and when to recognise the other team were better.

– River Plate president Rodolfo D'Onofrio


Barcelona forward Messi has kidney stones

Lionel Messi will miss Barcelona's Fifa Club World Cup semi-final against Guangzhou Evergrande on Thursday due to renal colic.

The Catalan giants, who triumphed in the competition in 2009 and 2011, launch their bid for a third title against the Chinese side at the International Stadium Yokohama, but will have to do so without the four-time Ballon d'Or winner.

Lionel Messi will miss at least one game. Credit: PA

"Leo Messi, last-minute absentee from the Club World Cup semi-final. The player has renal colic," the club posted on Twitter.

A statement on the website continued: "Leo Messi will not be playing after waking up on Thursday morning with renal colic, a type of abdominal pain commonly caused by kidney stones. His future availability will depend on the outcome of further medical tests."

Brazil striker Neymar is carrying a groin injury but has travelled to Japan as Barca look to add to the Champions League, Primera Division and Copa del Rey crowns they have already collected this year.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi cleared over tax fraud case

Prosecutors have dropped their tax fraud case against Lionel Messi. Credit: PA

Spanish prosecutors have cleared Barcelona star Lionel Messi of wrongdoing in a tax fraud case, but have called for the arrest of his father.

The Argentine footballer had been expected to stand trial in relation to unpaid taxes totalling more than €4 million (£3m).

A Spanish judge recently rejected an appeal filed by the player's lawyers to drop the Barcelona star from the case.

Prosecutors are still seeking an 18-month prison sentence for his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, for allegedly defrauding Spain's tax office in unpaid taxes from 2007 to 2009.

In the documents made public on Tuesday, prosecutors also called for a fine of €2 million (£1.5m) for the father of the Argentina playmaker.

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