Xavi has been ruled out of Barcelona’s trip to the US for pre-season due to an issue with his passport, according to Gerard Romero.
The club is currently working hard to solve the issue and get the manager to join the team for the trip.
The issue dates back to Xavi’s time at Al Sadd in Qatar where he was a player and a coach. He visited Iran three times in the last five years and failed to provide extra documentation to the US authorities to justify his visits.
Now, Xavi will need a ‘special permission’ to travel to the United States. The gaffer may join the team in Miami later as soon as the issue is resolved.
Barcelona head coach Xavi was reportedly denied entry into the United States for the club’s pre-season tour due to his visits to Iran. The Spaniard had visited the country on three occasions while managing Qatari outfit Al Sadd Sports Club. This will be a huge blow to the club, which was looking to test some of its new signings ahead of the new campaign.
Barcelona head coach Xavi reportedly denied entry to US
As per a report issued by Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona head coach Xavi will not be able to travel to the United States. He will need special permission if he is to join the squad, and this process is expected to take a few days. The Catalan giants are scheduled to play four friendlies, including a fixture against El Clasico rivals Real Madrid.