Former France Manager Domenech Explains Just Why Messi Is ‘Responsible’ for the Whistles

Lionel Messi made his return to action in Paris Saint-Germain’s Ligue 1 home fixture against AC Ajaccio. Messi missed PSG’s previous fixture against Troyes after he was handed a club-imposed suspension for taking an unauthorized trip to Saudi Arabia.

Messi was booed and whistled throughout PSG’s contest against AC Ajaccio. In the end, he did not record a goal contribution against AC Ajaccio, although he did create a pair of goal-scoring chances in the contest.

Former France national team manager Raymond Domenech is far from surprised to see Messi continue to receive boos and whistles from many PSG supporters. As Domenech touched on during a recent appearance on L’Equipe’s “L’Équipe du Soir” program, the Argentine forward is at the least “responsible” for the whistles due to a few reasons.

“And he did not succeed, or he did not want to create something with the public, which does not return to him,” Domenech said. “That’s the problem. Somehow, he is also responsible for these whistles.

“At the end of the game, he leaves, he does not go to see them. He doesn’t have a greeting. He didn’t make contact with the audience. So, this love spite can be explained.”

Messi has had a sour relationship with the PSG ultras since he was booed throughout the team’s Ligue 1 home fixture against Bordeaux last season, which was the side’s first match since its UEFA Champions League round of 16 elimination against Real Madrid. Messi has since gone over to greet the PSG ultras on just a few instances, including after PSG’s Champions League round of 16 first leg matchup against Bayern Munich.

PSG has just one home fixture left on its Ligue 1 schedule this season, as it will square off with Clermont Foot on matchday 38.

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  1. OMG! This is what we meant by entitled French!! You booed him and you want him to greet you guys? Where’s the logic in that? Did Mbappe greet you when you guys booed him before when he said he wanted to leave for real madrid? For once, please show the world that you French do have some neurons in your brains!! Don’t make it too obvious you’re still sad with the world cup 2022 results. It’s just pathetic!

  2. They started booing messi before the world cup. Don’t you know last season messi scored only 6 ligue 1 goals in a full year for PSG meanwhile some months earlier he scored up to 30 la liga goals for barcelona in 2021. Why won’t they boo him lolz 😅.

  3. Football is a game of win or lose played by all human beings and not aliens or robots, why not these fans go get a contract with psg and replace Messi so that they meet their own expectations? Grow up fans!

  4. I am disgusted with French football and their fans. PSG is crap! When Messi leaves so to are millions of fans,including me will leave.
    France you lost the World Cup, you were played over by Argentina if not for Mbappe’s stunner. Respect Messi.
    PSG, i can seeing you winning UCL in ten years….you could have won it this year if you nasty fans weren’t being negative towards Messi and Neymar.

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