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Barcelona demand 'please explain' from Messi Snr

Barca management are upset with Messi's decision to go public with his plans and Begiristain was demanding an explanation from his Dad, Jorge, in their meeting yesterday.

Messi would miss Barca's Champions League qualifier on August 12 or 13 if he was to take part in the Olympics tournament and would be required to be back for the final game on August 26 or 27. The gold medal playoff is scheduled for August 23.

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