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The congresswoman proposes to declare Lionel Messi ‘persona non grata’ in Mexico

The parliamentarian mentioned that the Argentine did not respect the country’s colors by standing in the dressing room after winning the World Cup in Qatar.

Friedemann Vogel/EFE/EPAArgentina's Lionel Messi reacts during the 2022 World Cup soccer Group C match between Poland and Argentina
Lionel Messi would have stepped on a Mexican shirt in the dressing room after winning against the country in the World Cup

The MP of the ruling National Renaissance Movement (Morena), María Clemente García, proposed this Tuesday, 06, in the Chamber of Deputies of Mexico what Lionel Messi to declare “persona non grata” in place. The reasoning of Garcia, a member of the Mexican president’s party Andrés Manuel López Obradorbased on the video published on social networks in which Messi places a jersey of the national team of Mexico on the floor of the dressing room after Argentina’s victory over Mexico in the group stage of World Cup in Qatar🇧🇷 This video caused controversy among supporters and the press because PSG accidentally stepped on his shirt, something that even caused Mexican boxer Saúl ‘Canelo’ Álvarez to threaten to punch Messi. However, shortly afterwards, the super middleweight champion backed down and apologized to the Argentine. “(Messi) showed not only an obvious contempt, but also a lack of respect for the colors that allude to what constitutes the flag of our country, which from a sovereign point of view can be considered as a behavior that constitutes an insult to our national identity.” says the reasoning of the legislator.

María Clemente García is one of the first two trans deputies in Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies, along with her colleague Salma Luévano. So far, neither the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs nor Mexican Chancellor Marcelo Ebrard have commented on the matter. Ebrard is one of the main promoters of Mexico’s candidacy for the 2036 or 2040 Olympic Games. In addition, the chancellor is one of the candidates to succeed López Obrador at the end of his six-year term in 2024, which would make him president when Mexico will host the 2026 World Cup, which will be co-hosted by the United States and Canada. Mexico was eliminated in the Qatar Cup group stage after drawing with Poland, losing to Argentina and beating Saudi Arabia.

*With information from EFE

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