Barca battle to bar Messi from Beijing

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Barcelona sporting director Txiki Begiristain has vowed to fight to prevent Lionel Messi from playing in the Beijing Olympics.

The Argentinian Football Association (AFA) announced their squad at the beginning of July and included the Barca forward. However, the Games clash with the dates of the Champions League preliminary round and Barca insist they will do everything in their power to hold onto their star player.

"We are right and we will fight for Messi to play the preliminary round because he has to be with us," said Begiristain. "We have to play two games of official nature and so we have made that known to FIFA. We will continue insisting but we want to come to a solution that is agreed by all the parties."

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