Lionel Messi Isis threat: Argentine officials meet Russian ambassador to discuss World Cup terror risk

Lionel Messi appeared in a prison jumpsuit in a mocked-up image published by Isis

Lionel Messi has been the subject of a terror threat from Isis

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The President of the Argentine Football Association has met the Russian ambassador to his country to discuss the threat posed by Islamic State, after the terror group posted a picture of Lionel Messi in prison.

Isis published a mocked-up image of Messi in a prison jumpsuit, with blood coming from his less eye. The group also published an image alluding to next year's football World Cup in Russia, warning those who visit Russia that they will face attacks.

In light of this latest propaganda stunt by the jihadist group, AFA boss Claudio Tapia has met ambassador Victor Koronelli to discuss the security arrangements which will be provided for the Argentine team during their stay in Russia.

Tapia has also been working with Koronelli and another Russian diplomat, Dmitriy Belov, to work on additional security at Moscow's Bronnitsy Training Centre, which will house the Argentine team for the World Cup.

Messi and his Argentina teammates are visiting Russia for two friendly matches next month, before returning for the World Cup next June.

Sources at the AFA told Argentine newspaper Diario Uno that they have sought assurances "not just for Lionel, but for the whole delegation."

Messi's family have been in contact with the AFA to get their own guarantees about the player's security.