FIFA pardons Messi after hearing appeal, lifts his ban
The Argentinian superstar, Lionel Messi, has no more restriction to wear his country’s jessy for all its World Cup qualifying matches.
This is courtesy the successful sailing through of Messi’s appeal against the his four-match international ban slammed on the world best player by FIFA.
The Barcelona forward player was suspended for using “insulting words” at an assistant referee during a 1-0 win over Chile in March 2017.
He had already missed a match against Bolivia, in which Argentina lost 2-0.
A FIFA appeal committee said while his behaviour was “reproachable”, the evidence was not sufficient to sustain the ban.
Messi will now be available for matches against Uruguay, Venezuela and Peru as Argentina fight to secure a place at next summer’s World Cup finals in Russia.
He is let off the hook unconditionally, as he is no longer to pay a fine of 10,000 Swiss francs originally slammed on the 29-old star player.
“The appeal committee, nevertheless, underlines the importance of always showing respect to the match officials, stressing that such a principle is essential in football and any unsporting conduct that may be contrary to the principles of fair play cannot be accepted,” the committee stated.
It is not yet clear how the world football fans would take the ruling, knowing that majority of them having been calling for equal treatment among the players regarding promoting discipline in the game.