Ticket holders for lionel messi’s missed Hong Kong match offered partial refund, conditions apply.

Fans who eagerly purchased tickets to witness Lionel Messi’s anticipated appearance in Hong Kong, only to be disappointed by his absence from the friendly match, will now have the opportunity for a partial refund of 50 percent. However, this refund offer comes with a caveat: ticket holders must refrain from pursuing legal action.

A packed stadium, with attendees paying between 880 Hong Kong dollars ($110) for their tickets, had anticipated seeing the legendary eight-time Ballon d’Or winner in action during the Inter Miami tour match against a Hong Kong select XI on February 4.

To the dismay of the sell-out crowd, the 36-year-old Argentine remained sidelined due to an injury, eliciting boos from spectators and subsequently sparking controversy in China. Many interpreted Messi’s absence as a political statement, further intensifying the situation.

In response, organizer Tatler Asia announced on Monday a 50-percent refund offer for “those who purchased tickets through official channels for the match”. However, to avail themselves of this offer, ticket holders must agree to specific terms and conditions, including a commitment not to pursue legal action against the organizers.

Facing criticism for its handling of the situation, Tatler Asia withdrew its application for a HK$16 million government grant to finance the event, the day after the match took place.

Following the Hong Kong debacle, Inter Miami proceeded to Japan, where Messi participated in a friendly match against Vissel Kobe in Tokyo, much to the frustration of Chinese fans.