Chapecoense plane crash: Barcelona 'ban Lionel Messi from flying to South America'

Friday, December 2, 2016

Barcelona have banned from Lionel Messi from returning to Argentina after the Chapecoense plane crash, according to reports.

It is claimed that the Catalan club are horrified that their Argentine star player used the plane which crashed in the Medellin mountains just weeks before the disaster.

The Argentina national team have regularly used LaMia, the company which provided the plane. Messi and his teammates used the plane to fly home from a World Cup qualifier in November.

A report by Noticias Venezuela claims Barcelona "panicked when they found out that their star player, Lionel Messi, travelled in that plane from Belo Horizonte to Buenos Aires just three weeks ago."

The report also claims that Barcelona consider the Argentine Football Association to have been negligent for letting its players travelling in a plane with a flying time of just four-and-a-half hours, which rendered it unsuitable for long-haul flights.

It is also claimed that Messi refused to get back on board when the LaMia plane touched down in San Juan on the way to play Colombia.

Argentine newspaper Clarin reports that the plane had just touched down when Messi informed Argentine FA officials that it made noise, it wasn't comfortable and he didn't feel safe.

talkRADIO contacted Barcelona FC for a reaction but have yet to receive a reply.