Argentina is requesting a private jet for the Argentinian team, a ban on taking selfies with Messi, and for Moroccan footballers to avoid violently taking the ball from him.
Rabat – New conditions have emerged regarding Morocco’s friendly football match with Argentina on March 26 in Tangier.
The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) will send a private jet to transport the Argentine football team from Spain, reported Moroccan newspaper Al Akhbar.
The Argentine Football Association (AFA) also insisted that the Atlas Lions must not be ruthless in taking the ball from Lionel Messi. FRMF will allegedly pay MAD 10 million to the Argentine governing body for Messi to play in Morocco.
The FRMF has stipulated that Messi must play for fewer than 60 minutes.
AFA instructed that it will be coach Herve Renard’s responsibility to ensure the smooth running of the friendly match.
The AFA has banned both Atlas Lions and fans from taking pictures with the Barcelona star and exchanging jerseys with him. Messi will also not give any statements to the press.
Messi and his national teammates will stay in an undisclosed hotel in Tangier. Officials are keeping the location secret to avoid the team being bothered by media or fans.
It is also expected that a security team will protect the Argentinian players.
The match will serve as preparation for the Atlas Lions for the coming Africa Cup of Nations championship in Egypt, planned for June 15 to July 13.