FIFA slaps four-match international ban on Messi

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FIFA has slapped a four-match international ban on Lionel Messi on Tuesday dealing a body blow to Argentina’s hopes to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2018 to be held in Russia.

FIFA ruled that the Argentina forward verbally abused a match official in a World Cup qualifying game against Chile that Argenitina won 1-0 with his penalty strike.

Messi was dealt the ban and a fine by FIFA's disciplinary panel. He will miss four of the Albiceleste's remaining five World Cup qualifiers, including the match against Bolivia later on Tuesday. He can only return for Argentina's final qualifier, away to Ecuador on October 10.

Messi and the Argentine football federation can appeal against the ban to FIFA.

The Barcelona superstar is accused of saying “f*** off, your mother’s a c***” to a match official.

Football's governing body picked up on his alleged use of foul language aimed at two assistant referees.
 

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