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Published : March 29, 2017, 11:48
Duration : 01:38
Lionel Messi suspended by FIFA for 4 World Cup qualifier matches
Lionel Messi suspended by FIFA for 4 World Cup qualifier matches. Barcelona star Lionel Messi is suspended for four Argentina matches by FIFA for swearing at an assistant referee. Messi was found guilty of "having directed insulting words at an assistant referee" in the World Cup qualifier against Chile which Argentina won 1-0 thanks to a penalty from the Barcelona hitman. Messi will miss Argentina's next South American qualifying game against Bolivia, with the remainder of the suspension served over his country's subsequent World Cup qualifiers. He was also fined with 9,350 euros, with FIFA saying: "This decision is in line with the FIFA Disciplinary Committee's previous rulings in similar cases. Argentina team secretary immediately confirmed that the federation would appeal the ban. He said, The federation will appeal as it should, noting that Messi had not been warned or sanctioned by the referee of the Chile match at the time of the outburst, and nothing had been mentioned in the referee's match report.