A former minister in Egypt and renowned archaeologist, Zahi Hawass, has apologized for his scathing remark about Argentina’s international and Barcelona’s striker, Lionel Messi. Hawass had called the footballer an “idiot” for showing indifference while taken on a tour of the country’s Giza Pyramids in February.
“I was explaining the antiquities to him and there’s no reaction in his face. I was explaining things that would make a rock react, but he was just like an idiot,” Hawass was initially reported to have said.
But the archaeologist recanted Wednesday and blamed his outburst on an inefficient interpreter meant to convey Hawass’s words to Messi.
“I apologize to Messi and his fans for the misunderstanding.
“The nature of brief interviews does not allow enough time to accurately explain what is meant. That contributed to the misunderstanding”, Hawass said.
Hawass took the opportunity to re-invite Messi to see the tomb of King Tutankhamun in the southern city of Luxor.
- Bola Kougbe