Barca Vs. Juventus US Friendly Suspended Amid Mysterious Illness Rumors


Barca Vs. Juventus US Friendly Suspended Amid Mysterious Illness Rumors


The eagerly anticipated friendly match between FC Barcelona and Juventus, scheduled to take place on Saturday evening, has been abruptly suspended, leaving fans and pundits baffled. The Catalan club made the announcement via Twitter, citing a significant portion of their squad falling victim to viral gastroenteritis as the reason for the cancellation.


However, rumors circulating on social media tell a different tale. Victor Malo, director of El Espanol's Culemania page, claims that the illness affecting eight Barca players is not what the club states. According to Malo, the virus may be linked to one of the players who recently traveled to Africa but failed to acquire all necessary vaccinations.


Although these reports remain unconfirmed by the club, speculation has arisen that Alejandro Balde might be the player in question. Balde visited his father's homeland, Guinea-Bissau, in late June alongside his brother Edi. SPORT reported that Balde is indeed one of the players who have fallen ill, along with Jules Kounde, Eric Garcia, and new transfer Oriol Romeu.


The suspension of the match comes as a disappointment to fans in California and beyond, who had secured tickets to witness the La Liga champions in action at the San Francisco 49ers' Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. Moreover, football enthusiasts worldwide, eager to see Barca's new signings on the field for the first time, will have to wait for another opportunity.


Barcelona's last encounter with Juventus on July 27, 2002, treated spectators to a thrilling 2-2 draw in Dallas, with Ousmane Dembele and Moise Kean securing braces for their respective teams. While there were initial hopes of rescheduling the fixture for the next couple of days, it has now been confirmed that the match will not take place at a later date.


The affected players' physical condition makes it impossible to prepare for a match under the current circumstances, leading to the ultimate decision to cancel the game. The virus-stricken squad had originally planned to play four friendlies during an 11-day period, but with the cancellation, they now face a slightly less demanding schedule.


Barcelona's next game will be against Premier League giants Arsenal at the Los Angeles Chargers' SoFi Stadium, followed by an iconic Stateside El Clasico against Real Madrid at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. They will then face AC Milan in Las Vegas, followed by the annual Joan Gamper Trophy match against Tottenham Hotspur at the Montjuic Stadium before launching their defense of the Spanish title with an away trip to Getafe on August 13.

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