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BREAKING: FIFA bans Messi for four Argentina matches

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Barcelona star Lionel Messi was suspended for four Argentina matches by FIFA on Tuesday for insulting an assistant referee.

Messi was found guilty of “having directed insulting words at an assistant referee” in the World Cup qualifier against Chile last Thursday which Argentina won 1-0 thanks to a penalty from the Barcelona hitman.

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Messi will miss Argentina’s next South American qualifying game against Bolivia, scheduled for later Tuesday, with the remainder of the suspension served over his country’s subsequent World Cup qualifiers.

Van Gasse and Messi argued during the game while Silva was targeted after the game in the tunnel after refusing to shake their hands.

The incident was left out the referee’s report after the game but was sent on later as an add on.

And it is a big blow for Bauza who already have four players out with suspensions.

Argentina Football Association vice-president Armando Perez said: “If he behaved out of place, then he should be penalised like any other player.

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