Village club boss banned as boozy transfer bid gets Messi
The president of a French village team has been hit with a six-month ban by the French Football Federation (FFF) after he launched an audacious bid to sign Barca superstar Lionel Messi.
FC Borne's Cedric Enjolras has obviously being playing too much Championship Manager as he submitted a formal request to sign Messi after a few drinks as a "joke to amuse friends".
But the suits in the FFF certainly didn't see the funny sign of it and have landed the president of a team from a village of just 400 people with a harsh suspension.
"To submit bids among small clubs, you need to fill out forms on the internet," he explained. "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."
However, every cloud has a silver lining, according to Enjolras, who is "going to have to spend three months in the bar."