Published: 14:49, February 19, 2024 | Updated: 19:05, February 19, 2024
Tatler Asia to withdraw HK$16 million grant due to Messi's non-show
By Alice Zhu

The nonparticipation of Lionel Messi in an exhibition soccer match in Hong Kong has sparked deep disappointment and anger among fans. After facing criticism from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government, the event organizer, Tatler Asia, announced on Monday afternoon it will withdraw its application for a HK$16 million grant for the event.