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Lionel Messi Banned for World Cup matches

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Lionel Messi was banned for four World Cup qualifying matches after a foul-mouthed rant at a linesman.

Messi was suspended after his outburst during last week’s 1-0 win over Chile. He misses four of Argentina’s final five qualifiers — the first of which saw them slump to a 2-0 defeat in Bolivia on Tuesday night.

He only discovered his fate six hours before Argentina kicked off that crucial game

According to Daily Mail, The Barcelona genius and five-time Ballon d’Or winner was also given a fine of around £8,100.

Messi said ‘la concha de tu madre’, which translates as ‘your mother’s ****’ — a common cursing phrase in Argentina — to Brazilian linesman Emerson Augusto do Carvalho at the end of the match after being harried and fouled by Chile’s Jean Beausejour.