Messi sulks over Barcelona's Olympics snub

Lionel Messi is upset that Barcelona are fighting FIFA over his release for Argentina's Beijing Olympics campaign.

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AS says Messi has been sulking during the club's tour of Scotland and shocked teammates on Tuesday night with an out-of-character lunge at Rafael Marquez in training. Barca coach Pep Guardiola was forced to step in to calm the Argentine.

Even yesterday, Messi was visibly apathetic and half-hearted in training.

FIFA are demanding all clubs release their U23 players for the Olympics, but Barca insist they need Messi for their crucial Champions League qualifier next month.

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