Lionel Messi handed four-match ban by FIFA for abusing match official

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Buenos Aires: In a shocking development, FIFA on Tuesday banned Argentine football legend Lionel Messi for 4 World Cup qualifying games for abusing Assistant Referee during Chile game.

 FIFA on Tuesday notified the Argentina Football Association (AFA) that it has opened an investigation into the star forward`s attitude during the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Chile on Friday.As stated in the FIFA statement, Messi may have used obscene language against one of the assistant referees; however, this incident was not recorded in the report of the match official who oversaw the game against Chile on Friday, reports Efe.

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