FIFA suspends Lionel Messi for four World Cup qualifiers for insulting a referee. According to the articles 77 a) and 108 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC), The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has reached a decision in relation to the case of Lionel Messi following an occurrence that happened during the match between Argentina and Chile on 23rd March 2017 as part of the qualifying competition for the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.
Violating the article 57 of the FDC for having directed insulting words at an assistant referee that is why Lionel Messi has been found guilty.
As a result, Lionel Messi will be suspended for four official matches and authorized with a fine of CHF 10,000. In the preliminary competition of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia between Bolivia and Argentina, the first match for which the authorization will apply is the next fixture which was played on 28th March 2017. The remainder of the sanction will be served over team Argentina’s subsequent FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.
In similar cases, this decision is in line with the FIFA Disciplinary Committee’s previous rulings.
The player (Lionel Messi) and the Argentinian Football Association both have been informed of the decision.