Lionel in a mess
Thursday 29 March 2012, 12:56PM
Lionel Messi and Barcelona have found themselves at the centre of one of the most surreal conspiracy theories of all time, after a state-owned Syrian television channel claimed the Catalans were aiding the smuggling of weapons to Syrian rebels.
While the situation in the Middle East is clearly no laughing matter, Al Dunya TV have left internet users gobsmacked after reporting that Barcelona helped anti-president Bashar Assad radicals plot arms smuggling routes through the country.
Using an El Clasico clip from last December, a video report on Sunday claimed Barcelona’s formation plots specific locations on a map, with the players representing the smugglers and the ball’s position signifying the current location of weapons.
The report concludes Messi’s final passes to set up Pedro’s goal against Real Madrid indicates the handover of the arsenal to the rebels in Dir al-Zur.