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Messi's lack of post-game interviews violates league rules
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Lionel Messi appears to have violated Major League Soccer rules after making his league debut for Miami International, according to reports.
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Messi made his debut against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night. Martino's side won by a score of 2-0. However, Messi appeared to violate Major League Soccer rules after the victory. This is because Messi did not give interviews to reporters after the win at Red Bull Arena.

According to the Associated Press, Major League Soccer's executive vice president for communications, Dan Kurtmancic, said before Miami's win that Messi and all other players must be interviewed by the media after the game. However, Messi, who is not fluent in English, did not give any post-game interviews to any reporters. Miami International spokeswoman Molly Dreska told The Associated Press after the game that Messi would not be doing any postgame media interviews. This appears to be a violation of the league's media policy, but according to sources, the AFL will not hold Messi accountable for anything.
Miami International has won all eight of their recent games, seven of which have been in the League Cup. Messi has yet to make his Major League Soccer debut before Saturday night against the Red Bulls. The Argentine legend has scored 10 goals in his previous eight appearances.

Miami International has a busy schedule as they will play Nashville on Wednesday night at DRV PNK Stadium. That will be followed by a Sunday, Sept. 3 road game against Los Angeles. The win over the Red Bulls lifted Miami International out of the bottom of the Eastern Conference. Mercer and his team are now 14th in the standings with 21 points from 23 games, 11 points out of a play-in spot with 10 games left in the league.
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