FIFA Frees Messi

FIFA Frees Messi

Respite came the way of troubled Argentina in the qualifying series for Russia 2014 as the four-match international ban on Lionel Messi has been overturned by FIFA Appeal Committee.
As a result, he can now play for Argentina in the remaining World Cup qualifying matches. Argentina is at the brink of losing out of the global soccer fiesta and dangerously seeking to make it through play-off as direct qualification from South America looks improbable.
Messi, who was initially slammed with the ban and fine of about £7,800, will now be available for matches against Uruguay, Venezuela and Peru. The fine was also lifted.
He missed one match, Argentina’s 0-2 loss to Bolivia. He had been sanctioned for insulting an assistant referee in a 1-0 win over Chile in March. He was caught on camera verbally assaulting an assistant referee who had signalled he had committed a foul.
The FIFA appeal committee however remarked that Messi’s behaviour was reproachable, but the evidence was not sufficient.
“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,” it said in a statement.
Argentina are fifth in their group of 10, with the top four qualifying automatically and the fifth team going into a play-off.
31 August – Uruguay (Away)
5 September – Venezuela (Home)
5 October – Peru (Home)
10 October – Ecuador (Away)

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