Lionel Messi suspended for 4 games and fined $10,200 for insulting referee
and captain, Lionel Messi has been fined the sum of $10,200 and suspended for next
4 international games for using offensive words on a match official, according
to the World football’s ruling body, FIFA.
Messi in the second half of the match, last week’s Thursday, in Chile.
his arms while shouting and raining offensive words on Carvalho.
insulting the referee as the footballer after the game shook the hands of two
officials, but refused to shake Carvalho’s hand.
announcement, on Tuesday, instantly confirmed that Messi missed out on
Argentina’s game with Bolivia on Tuesday night, a game in which they lost 2-0. The ban placed on Messi, will however, not affect his playing time at his club,
Barcelona, but his country’s football federation maintain they will appeal the
France-Presse that: “The federation will
appeal, as it should.
positions after Tuesday’s games.
while the fifth position team will have to play against a team from the Oceania
region as playoff game.