By Adebayo Williams
Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, has said that the squad has decided to shun all media duties. The decision was made following a story that striker Ezequiel Lavezzi was left out of the aquad because he had been smoking cannabis. Messi, who spearheaded the team’s 3-0 crushing of Colombia, said the team had been a victim of malicious publications. He said their silence was being mistook as stupidity hence the decision to take the action. He said if the team had ignored the rumour, it would be assumed it was correct.
“We have made the decision to not speak to the media anymore – obviously you know why,” Messi said.
“We’ve had a lot of accusations, a lack of respect and we haven’t said anything but I believe that this overtakes everything.
“The accusation against Pocho [Lavezzi] is very serious because if it is made and we don’t say anything, the people believe it.
“So, because a lot of the people believe everything that is said, we prefer to cut it off. We are very sorry that it has to be this way but there is no other option.”
The victory, which ended a four-match winless run, saw Argentina jump into fifth in Conmebol qualifying.