It is natural that many football supporters will want to record close-up footage of their idols and this is something that many stars have to deal with on a daily basis.
However, there is concern at Barcelona at the use of TikTok to harass their players and the club want increased security around their training facilities to limit this exposure, as per a report in ESPN.
Imagine running into Messi on the street 😵
(via guillembarbeta, zhork_8/Instagram) pic.twitter.com/bJQhODxW2x
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 30, 2020
There are several videos in circulation of star Lionel Messi being targeted by fans outside the facilities who attempt to get close and personal with the player.
Messi stopped to give this fan a jersey ❤️
— ESPN (@espn) December 17, 2020
However other player such as Antoine Griezmann, Pedri and Riqui Puig have also been targeted – the latter of whom was targeted and harassed by fans whilst he was driving his car, with one passer by asking why the 21-year-old has become so “arrogant” and “cocky” since becoming a first-team player at the club.
— Què T’hi Jugues (@QueThiJugues) November 11, 2020