Tuesday, 28 March 2017

FIFA Gives Lionel Messi Four-Match Ban For Insulting A Ref

FIFA announced the decision on Tuesday. 

Lionel Messi will miss four matches for Argentina, beginning with the team's FIFA World Cup qualifying match with Bolivia on Tuesday after he allegedly abused a match official during the team's recent 1-0 win over Chile.

The Argentina captain was dealt the suspension and a fine of 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,160) by FIFA's disciplinary panel after being reported for a foul-mouthed outburst.

The Barcelona star was enraged by linesman Marcelo Van Gasse in the second half, allegedly verbally abusing the official.

The 29-year-old reportedly bellowed "f**k off, your mother's c**t" at Van Gasse during the Albiceleste's narrow triumph last week.
FIFA said Messi was guilty of "having directed insulting words at an assistant referee" and added in a statement: "This decision is in line with the FIFA Disciplinary Committee's previous rulings in similar cases."
Argentina newspaper Ole published documents from the FIFA inquiry, which quote head referee Ricci as saying he wasn't aware that Messi had insulted any official.
"I did not hear any offensive language from Messi or anyone else towards myself, besides the normal players' complains (specially raising their hands) [sic] during the match. If I had heard any offensive word, I would have acted in according the rules of the game."

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