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Off the hook: Messi has four-game Argentina ban for ‘abusing official’ lifted

Date Posted,May 5, 2017

Lionel Messi’s four-game ban for abusing a match official has been overturned, FIFA has announced.

The Barcelona front man was initially suspended following comments made to an assistant referee during his nation’s 1-0 win over Chile in World Cup qualifying.

In addition to the suspension, the Barcelona forward was fined 10,000 Swiss Francs (£8,111) after being reported to world football’s governing body for a foul-mouthed outburst at an assistant referee.

A statement from FIFA 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 suspended for his actions (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)
The Argentinian appeared furious with the match officials (Photo: AFP)
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