Lionel Messi has issued an apology to his Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) teammates for missing training on Monday, after going on a planned trip to Saudi Arabia. This is not the first time he has cancelled on such visits, and PSG have suspended him for two weeks as a result of this latest indiscretion.

PSG’s planned day off was cancelled after their 3-1 home defeat by Lorient on Sunday, but Messi was not present at training as he had already made plans to travel. In a serious tone, he said in a video on his Instagram story, “I thought we were going to have a day off after the game as always. I had this trip organised and I couldn’t cancel it. I had already cancelled it before. I apologise to my teammates and I’m waiting for what the club wants to do with me.”

The suspension comes at a crucial time for PSG, with rivals Marseille hot on their heels in the Ligue 1 title race. Messi will miss the next two matches, and his absence could be a significant blow to PSG’s hopes of winning the league.

The club has not yet commented on the situation, but Messi’s apology suggests that he is aware of the gravity of his actions and is willing to accept the consequences. PSG fans will be hoping that this incident does not derail the team’s season, and that Messi will return to action soon to help them in their title bid.