Messi draws 4-game ban for Cup qual­i­fiers

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

Lionel Messi was banned from Ar­gentina’s next four World Cup qual­i­fiers, start­ing with Tuesday’s 2-0 loss to Bo­livia.

Messi was banned for “hav­ing di­rected in­sult­ing words at an as­sis­tant ref­eree” dur­ing a home qual­i­fier against Chile on Thursday.

Messi and the Ar­gen­tine soc­cer fed­er­a­tion can ap­peal to FIFA. Messi was also fined $10,160.

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