Lionel Messi Banned After Insulting an Assistant Referee

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Lionel Messi,  Argentine professional soccer player who for the Spanish club FC Barcelona and Argentina national team recieved a four-game ban after he directly insulted an assistant referee in the World Cup qualifying game when playing against Chile on Tuesday, March 21, according to espnfc.com.

The ban was immediate which led Argentina to lose against Bolivia 2-0 in the world cup qualifying game with their striker, not on the team, stated  nytimes.com.

Messi received a fine of 10,000 Swiss Francs ( in Argentina dollars) or $10,040 with his 4 game ban.  “The federation will appeal, as it should,” the team secretary Jorge Miadosqui told Agence France-Presse. “We feel powerless, surprised,” reported nytimes.com.

Messi will miss games against Uruguay in August, Venezuela in September, and Peru in October. Messi will have a chance to return for Argentina’s final qualifier, which is located at Ecuador on October 10, stated nytimes.com.

“Footballer Lionel Messi is considered guilty of having violated art. 57 of the CDF when pronouncing injurious words against an assistant referee,” stated FIFA, according to rte.ie.com.

“The decision doesn’t correspond with the reality based on what was put in the referee’s report,” stated the Argentine secretary, Jorge Miadosqui, reported  espnfc.com.

The Argentine federation stated that they would try to appeal the ban for Messi, according to espnfc.com.