Barcelona Star Man Lionel Messi Bags 4 match ban and fined $10,200 for insulting referee
The 29-year-old was infuriated by a Refeering Decision during the Argentina vs Chile World Cup Qualifying Match which forced him to verbally attack the Refree.
The World football’s ruling body, FIFA after much investigation announced on thier Official Website that the 5 times Ballon D’Or Winner has been officially Suspended for the Next 4 games while also been fined the sum of $10,200.
FIFA after a thorough investigation found Messi guilty of insulting the referee as Messi after the game shook the hands of two officials, but did not shake Carvalho’s hand.
The ban which became effective from the moment it was announced on Tuesday, immediately ensured Messi missed out on Argentina’s game with Bolivia on Tuesday night, a game they lost 2-0. The ban placed on Messi, however does not apply to his club, Barcelona, but his country’s football federation insists they will appeal the ban.
“The federation will appeal, as it should,” the team secretary Jorge Miadosqui told Agence France-Presse. “We feel powerless, surprised.”
Argentina are now third in the South American qualifying standings after Tuesday’s games. Four teams advance automatically from the region, while the fifth team faces a playoff against a team from the Oceania region. With four games remaining, Argentina is a point out of fourth place.