WC issues 4-game ban on Messi
WC issues 4-game ban on Messi
(Associated Press) - March 30, 2017 - 12:00am

GENEVA – Lionel Messi is banned from Argentina’s next four World Cup qualifying games, dealing a blow to a campaign by the 2014 runner-up that has stuttered without him.

Messi’s suspension for “having directed insulting words at an assistant referee” during a home qualifier last week against Chile started on Tuesday, shortly before his teammates played Bolivia in La Paz.

Without Messi, Argentina went on to lose the qualifier 2-0.

The five-time FIFA player of the year can appeal to FIFA, but is on track to return for Argentina’s final match in the 10-team South American qualifying group, hosting Ecuador on Oct. 10.         

“We have to appeal this decision, we’ll see how it goes,” said Jorge Miadosqui .                  

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