Messi Ban: Argentina Celebrate FIFA Stance 

By Ikenga Chronicles May 6, 2017

Messi Ban: Argentina Celebrate FIFA Stance 

Argentina’s chance of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup has been brightened following the latest stance of the world football governing body, FIFA on star player, Lionel Messi.

Messi was handed a 4-match ban in their game against Chile in March after he was said to have insulted match officials during the game that ended 1-0 in their favour. This therefore ruled him out of the 2 – 0 loss at Bolivia with expectation that he would miss their next three 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

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However, an appeal was submitted by the Barcelona forward’s representatives and was heard in Zurich on Thursday and a FIFA statement was released on Friday to that effect.

According to the judgement,  Messi will no longer miss the remaining three matches of his four – game suspension.

The appeal committee “considered Messi ’ s behaviour as reproachable ” but found the evidence available was not sufficient to enforce the suspension , which the 29 – year – old, Argentina and even his club side had vociferously opposed.

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“The FIFA Appeal Committee has upheld the appeal lodged by the Argentinian Football Association, on behalf of the player Lionel Messi , against the decision taken by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, lifting the sanctions imposed on him as a result, ” read the statement.

“Following a hearing which took place in Zurich on 4 May 2017, the Appeal Committee has set aside the decision taken by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee on 28 March 2017, which, in application of art . 77 a ) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, had found Lionel Messi guilty of infringing article 57 of the FDC for having directed insulting words at an assistant referee.

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“Despite the fact that the FIFA Appeal Committee considered Lionel Messi’s behaviour as reproachable, the former concluded that the evidence available was not sufficient to establish to the appropriate standard, i . e . to the comfortable satisfaction of the members of the Appeal Committee, that art . 77 a ) of the FDC, according to which the Disciplinary Committee is responsible for sanctioning serious infringements which have escaped the match officials’ attention , could be applied .”