According to the (ESPN FC), Lionel Messi was subject to a four match ban for Argentina in the World Cup qualifiers. Messi received the ban for verbally abusing a referee in a qualifying match against Chile. While Argentina did win the game, Messi was later charged with a four match ban for his treatment of the match official.
Argentina then went on to lose their match away to Bolivia 2-0. Argentinian fans have seen their squad display lackluster performances despite the skill level on their team, which has them on edge for any match without Leo Messi. While they are almost certain to qualify for the World Cup, Argentina hasn’t seen a trophy for a few years now.
The Argentine Football Association (AFA) appeared in court on Messi’s behalf and argued that while his actions were out of order there was not enough evidence to suggest a four match ban. It is known that referees are commonly the target for players to yell at during games and the video evidence supplied against Messi lacked conviction in terms of such a harsh ban on the Argentinian.
Argentina currently sit in fifth of the South American qualifying table, more or less on the cusp on obtaining entrance to the World Cup, yet still very capable of falling off. Three more matches without Messi was cause for great alarm, but now Argentina can breath a sigh of relief to have their superstar back in the ranks as they have won their appeal in court against FIFA.