Lionel Messi suspended for four matches

Lionel Messi suspended for four matches

Fifa handed a four-match ban to Messi on Tuesday after ruling that the 29-year-old had verbally abused a match official during Argentina’s 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over Chile last week.. Messi, 29, will also miss games away to Uruguay and home to Venezuela and Peru. The forward will be eligible again when Argentina visit Ecuador on Oct. 10.

Argentina are third in the 10-team South American group with 22 points from 13 games but have only a two-point cushion over sixth-placed Chile, with Colombia (21) and Ecuador (20) sandwiched in between. The top four qualify directly for the tournament in Russia and the fifth side play off against a team from a different confederation for another place.

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