Lionel Messi

Barcelona’ super star Lionel Messi will miss Argentina’s World Cup qualifier in Bolivia on Tuesday night after being handed a four-game ban by CONMEBOL and FIFA.

The FIFA disciplinary committee, pursuant to articles 77 A) and 108 of the FIFA disciplinary code (CDF), took the following decision regarding the case of Argentine footballer Lionel Messi after an incident that occurred during the qualifying match of the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 played between Argentina and Chile on March 23, 2017.

The Barcelona superstar was also fined 10,000 Swiss Francs (£8,111) this came after a foul-mouthed outburst at an assistant referee during last week’s 1-0 win over Chile.

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This came when Messi, 29, was  angered by a decision given by official Dewson Silva during the first half, and was caught on camera verbally abusing the official, reportedly declaring: “f**k off, the c**t of your mother.

“It continued as the official joined the rest of the officiating team in the centre of the field at the end of the game. Messi was again avoided shaking the hand of Silva. Brazilian referee Sandro Ricci subsequently pointed Messi towards the tunnel as the five-time Ballon d’Or turned shaking his head at the assistant.

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