Lionel Messi Suspended Four Games After Berating Official in World Cup Qualifier

By Anthony Blake

Just six hours prior to the start of Argentina‘s World Cup Qualifier against Bolivia, the star of their squad, Lionel Messi, has been suspended by FIFA for four games due to a curse-laden tirade he gave officials of his team’s previous match against Chile.

Here’s a look at Messi’s highlights from that game, with the incident in question taking place near the end.

Abuse of officials is a serious crime for FIFA, so it seems like a fitting punishment given the nature of the incident.

But to tell the Argentinian national team just six hours before kickoff of their match with Bolivia is not how this should have been handled.

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