Messi wins four-match ban appeal

May 5, 2017

Messi said ‘la concha de tu madre’, which translates as ‘your mother’s ****’

Lionel Messi is free to represent Argentina in their forthcoming World Cup qualifiers after his suspension for allegedly abusing an assistant referee was overturned on appeal.

The 29-year-old Barcelona striker was banned from four international matches and fined £8,100 for supposedly ‘having directed insulting words’ at an official during Argentina’s World Cup qualifying meeting with Chile on March 23.

ARGENTINA’S FINAL QUALIFIERS

August 28: Uruguay (a)

September 5: Venezuela (h)

October 2: Peru (h)

October 10: Ecuador (a)

He was banned for the subsequent 2-0 loss to Bolivia as a result but will return to contention as under-performing Argentina prepare for crucial meetings with Uruguay, Venezuela and Peru as they fight to secure a place at next summer’s World Cup finals in Russia.

A statement from the sport’s world governing body FIFA published on Friday read: ‘The FIFA appeal committee has upheld the appeal lodged by the Argentinian Football Association, on behalf of the player Lionel Messi, against the decision taken by the FIFA disciplinary committee, lifting the sanctions imposed on him as a result.’

Messi was banned for verbally abusing a linesman late in a 1-0 win over Chile on March 23

Messi was banned for verbally abusing a linesman late in a 1-0 win over Chile on March 23

The Barcelona star has had that four match ban overturned by FIFA on appeal

Messi is now free to play in Argentina's four remaining World Cup qualifiers

Messi is now free to play in Argentina’s four remaining World Cup qualifiers

Messi was embroiled in an argument with Brazilian linesman Emerson Augusto do Carvalho

Messi was embroiled in an argument with Brazilian linesman Emerson Augusto do Carvalho

SOURCE: dailymail.co.uk


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