DJ denies infecting Messi with COVID-19 after being called murderer on social media

Argentine DJ Fer Palacio has denied allegations that he infected Paris Saint-Germain superstar Lionel Messi with COVID-19 after being labeled a “murderer” on social media.

PSG confirmed that Messi is one of five first-team players who tested positive for coronavirus during the year-end holidays, and that the 34-year-old will remain in Argentina until authorized to travel.

Since Messi tested positive in Argentina, he has been following self-isolation protocols in his native Rosario. Messi attended several parties in Argentina during the festive period, including a New Years Eve party in which he invited Palacio to perform.

Palacio posted a photo on Instagram posing with Messi at last week’s party, with the caption: “I got the best to dance. Thanks to the entire Messi family for the invitation.”

Since then, the 31-year-old DJ has been the subject of abusive messages online after Messi’s positive COVID-19 test, with users suggesting that he is the man responsible for the PSG forward’s diagnosis.

In response, Palacio has come out to set the record straight while also providing video evidence of his own negative COVID-19 test.

“I’m a trend on Twitter because Messi tested positive for COVID-19,” he said on Instagram. “They relate this to me saying that I infected him. They have even called me ‘murderer’. I have a lot of very bad private messages. Yesterday I took the test because I have to travel to Uruguay and I do not have COVID-19 “.

Messi will have to register a negative test before being authorized to return to France. As a result, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has been ruled out for PSG’s French Cup round of 32 clash against Vannes on January 3. Depending on the results of his tests and the time of his trip, Messi may also not be available. for the Ligue 1 leaders’ trip to Lyon on January 9

PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino admitted the uncertainty about Messi’s upcoming availability at his last press conference: “I don’t know if he will be there against Lyon. He will come back from Argentina when negative. Until he gets a negative result in Argentina. , he will not be able to travel to France. So it all depends on when he can travel … We will assess when he is ready to play. “

Danilo Pereira, Juan Bernat, Sergio Rico and Nathan Bitumazala also tested positive in the PSG first team. France reported 219,126 new COVID-19 cases in a 24-hour period on January 1, according to an ESPN report, the fourth consecutive day the country has recorded more than 200,000 cases.

Why was Messi in Argentina?

After his first months settling in with PSG in Paris, Messi spent the year-end vacation of 2021 in Argentina. The last PSG game he participated in was the 1-1 draw against Lorient on December 22, during which Messi and his PSG teammates fought without Neymar and Kylian Mbappé.

Messi then traveled to his hometown of Rosario in Argentina, where videos and photos shared on social media showed him relaxing with his family.

There were alarm bells among the media in Argentina when it was discovered that Messi was not on the private jet that carried PSG teammates and fellow Argentines Ángel Di María and Leandro Paredes back to Paris after the holidays.