The Spanish La Liga officials have decided to open an investigation regarding whether Covid-19 protocols were broken during a lunch attended by Barca players at Lionel Messi's house.
Messi hosted a team meeting at his residence in Castelldefels on Monday to begin preparations for this weekend's crunch fixture against Atletico Madrid, but the players could now be hit with sanctions if they are found guilty of flouting social distancing protocols. Coronavirus rules in place in Catalonia, state that only groups of up to six people can meet in an indoor or outdoor setting at any one time.
La Liga will try to obtain information on and from the people that were present at the event and if they breached the league's coronavirus protocols. Only in the case that breaches are found will the investigation be taken to the next stage, Barcelona based media outlet Sport reported.
According to the protocol, when it's considered there could be negligence on the part of a player or a club, the invesitgation will be handed over to the social discipline judge to determine further action.
La Liga are now gathering more information on the meeting to establish whether or not the squad bubble was broken amid the continued efforts from authorities to avoid another outbreak of Covid-19.
At the moment, there is no precedent for clubs or players to receive punishment for breaking coronavirus regulations in La Liga, and Barca have yet to officially comment on the investigation.