He did not specify the period of suspension, although the French media reported that it was two weeks. The man spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
The two-week suspension means Messi will miss the next two PSG matches. L’Equipe and RMC Sport reported on the suspension without citing their sources.
The man told AP that the World Cup champion will not be allowed to train or play with the team and will not be paid during the suspension.
PSG rejected Messi’s request to travel, the source said.
Messi, 35, has a commercial contract with Saudi Arabia to promote tourism in the Middle Eastern country.
The suspension comes at a difficult time, as the French club had hoped to extend the Argentine star’s contract beyond this season.
Messi’s trip follows PSG’s surprise 3-1 loss to Lorient on Sunday, giving the defending champions a five-point lead over Marseille with five games to go. Messi played a full game.
L’Equipe reported that PSG coach Christophe Galtier promised to give his players two days off, Monday and Tuesday, if they beat Lorient. Instead, the team practiced on Monday and had Tuesday off.
The striker moved to PSG from Barcelona two years ago, hoping he could lead the team to the elusive Champions League title. Instead, the Qatari-backed club has been eliminated in the round of 16 consecutive seasons.
There was speculation about where he would play next, especially after reports that contract talks with PSG broke down. Some PSG fans even booed Messi amid the team’s inconsistent campaign.
Messi led Argentina to the world title in December. He scored 15 league goals and leads the French league with 15 assists.
Messi had no comment on the disqualification on his social media accounts.