Birthday message costs Messi €2,500

January 21, 2011
By Dominic Raynor
Off The Ball never rests in its mission to scratch around the underbelly of professional football to find the most bizarre, humorous and inexplicable stories.

This week, Lionel Messi is fined €2,500 for wishing mum happy birthday, German club St Pauli ban strippers from their executive boxes, Real Madrid show their support for Jose Mourinho with fake banners and Mohamed Diame slaughters "crappy" Wigan.

Messi fined €2,500 for wishing mum happy birthday

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