Lionel Messi of Argentia walks from the ground at half time during the Brasil Global Tour match between Brazil and Argentina at Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 9, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. Darrian Traynor / Getty Images
Lionel Messi of Argentia walks from the ground at half time during the Brasil Global Tour match between Brazil and Argentina at Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 9, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. DarriaShow more

Unicess ‘share the disappointment’ of fans as soon-to-wed Lionel Messi skips Singapore friendly



SINGAPORE // Lionel Messi will skip a friendly against Singapore next week for “personal reasons”, organisers said late Saturday.

Gonzalo Higuain and Nicolas Otamendi will also be absent from Tuesday’s “Superclassico” match, Unicess said in a statement.

“While we share the disappointment of football fans in Singapore and elsewhere at the absence of these players, we still very much look forward to what will be an exciting football match against a team that will continue to feature a world class line-up of players,” Unicess said.

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Messi and defender Otamendi were earlier reported to be missing the game to prepare for their weddings later this month but organisers in Singapore had been reluctant to confirm the news.

Messi marries his girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo on June 30, with Otamendi’s wedding scheduled for June 16.

The Football Association of Singapore released footage on Saturday showing the team, including Messi and Otamendi, arriving from Melbourne where they had beaten top-ranked Brazil in a "Superclassico" game.

The team arrived in a private airport terminal to little fanfare, with about a dozen fans waiting outside the compound hoping for a glimpse of stars including Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero and Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel di Maria.

Argentina, ranked second in the world by Fifa, kick off at the National Stadium against 159th-placed Singapore on June 13 to mark the 125th anniversary of the city-state’s football association.

* Agence France-Presse

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Non-profit arts studio Tashkeel launched this annual initiative with the intention of supporting budding designers in the UAE. This year, three talents were chosen from hundreds of applicants to be a part of the sixth creative development programme. These are architect Abdulla Al Mulla, interior designer Lana El Samman and graphic designer Yara Habib.

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Lisa Ball-Lechgar, deputy director of Tashkeel, said: “The diversity and calibre of the applicants this year … is reflective of the dynamic change that the UAE art and design industry is witnessing, with young creators resolute in making their bold design ideas a reality.”

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