A JOKE bid to sign Barcelona’s superstar striker Lionel Messi has landed a French village side’s president a three-month ban.
CÃ©dric Enjolras, the president of FC Borne, submitted an enquiry about the Argentinean as a joke – but the FÃ©dÃ©ration FranÃ§aise de Football intercepted the bid before it reached the Spanish FA and hit him with a lenghthy ban for his troubles.
He said: “To submit bids among small clubs, you need to fill out forms on the internet. I decided to register a bid so I typed the name Lionel Messi, his date of birth and his parent club into the system.
“Then the league transmitted the request to the federation. They were shocked by it and refused to send it to their Spanish counterparts.
“I have been suspended for six months, of which three are suspended. It was just a joke, to amuse friends.
“I’m going to have spend three months in the bar.”