Argentina star player and captain, Lionel Messi was fined the sum of $10,200 and suspended for Argentina’s next 4 games for using insulting words on a match official, World football’s ruling body, FIFA announced.
Assistant referee Emerson Carvalho ruled a foul against Messi in the second half of last week’s Thursday’s game in Chile. Messi strongly disagreed with the ruling and waved his arms while shouting and hurling abuses at Carvalho.
Argentina are now third in the South American qualifying standings after Tuesday’s games. Four teams advance automatically from the region, while the fifth team faces a playoff against a team from the Oceania region. With four games remaining, Argentina is a point out of fourth place.