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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Messi on Argentina ban: 'My sayings were never addressed to the assistant'

The FC panel assess the four-match ban handed to Lionel Messi by FIFA and question whether the punishment fits the crime.

Lionel Messi has asserted his innocence after being hit with a four-match international ban for verbally abusing a match official in Argentina's World Cup qualifier against Chile last week, saying he was yelling "to the air."

Barca star Messi was dealt the suspension and a fine of 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,160) by FIFA's disciplinary panel and is due to miss three more of Argentina's remaining four World Cup qualifiers after sitting out the 2-0 defeat against Bolivia on Tuesday.

FIFA said the Argentina...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Trending: Argentina's World Cup place in jeopardy, Brazil through to finals

Bolivia took advantage of Lionel Messi's suspension, claiming a 2-0 victory against Argentina in La Paz.
The FC panel assess the four-match ban handed to Lionel Messi by FIFA and question whether the punishment fits the crime.
Alejandro Moreno discusses the impact of Lionel Messi's 4-match ban on Argentina's World Cup qualifying campaign.

ARGENTINA: Bolivia took advantage of Lionel Messi's absence to claim a comfortable 2-0 victory, harming Argentina's hopes of World Cup qualification in La Paz on Tuesday.

- Head coach Edgardo Bauza criticised FIFA for handing Lionel Messi a four-game suspension hours before the game, while Barcelona have released a statement expressing their "surprise and indignation" at FIFA's decision.

- Tim Vickery explains how Argentina find themselves in this predicament

- It comes after...