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