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Lionel Messi Giving 4 Match Ban For Swearing At Linesman

Stunning developments in the South America World Cup qualifying rounds as Argentina star Lionel Messi has been banned for four World Cup qualifying matches after swearing at a linesman during last week’s 1-0 win over Chile.

Argentina have only five qualifiers left, and without Messi to lead them, are a serious doubt to reach Russia next summer. It does not bode well for Argentina’s hopes of qualifying that they lost the first match Messi missed, losing 2-0 to Bolivia on Tuesday night.

Messi was suspended for saying ‘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.

Neither the referee or linesman thought enough of the incident to include it in their match reports, but the Chile FA, who are battling Argentina for an automatic qualifying position, dug up a video of the incident and submitted it to FIFA for review.

Argentina team secretary Jorge Miadosqui said that they will appeal the suspension:

‘We are surprised at the decision. We believe that the sanction can be lowered. Messi is sad, which we all are.’

As well as missing the match with Bolivia, Messi will also be absent for an away game against Luis Suarez’s Uruguay in August and home matches against Venezuela and Peru in September and October.

{ 13 comments… add one }
  • Daniel December 26, 2015, 12:05 pm

    Notify me of copa confederaciones games and tickets

  • Raymond L. March 13, 2015, 4:42 am

    Now that’s one star-studded friendly no one should miss!

    And MLS players should watch these matches too if they have plans of elevating the soccer scene in the USA. Just my two cents’ worth, though.

  • chris March 21, 2012, 7:41 pm

    Are these the under 23s or are they the full national squad..?

    • David March 22, 2012, 10:49 am

      Is the full squad Chris. Will include all the Brazilian stars

  • Marlene February 28, 2012, 2:51 pm

    Hey will you keep us posted, as soon as you here if Messi will be there…??

    • David February 29, 2012, 3:33 pm

      Yes. At the moment he is expected to play alongside the rest of the Argentina stars

  • Sam February 11, 2012, 8:09 pm

    when will the tickets be available for the Argentina vs. Brazil game on June 9th?

    • David February 12, 2012, 10:06 pm

      Should go on sale late March, early April Sam

  • Monica March 22, 2011, 1:47 am

    I can’t find tickets for the Argentina cs Costa Rica game in San Jose, CA on March 29th. Does anyone know how I can get tickets for the friendly?

    • David Wilson March 23, 2011, 3:11 pm

      The game is in Costa Rica Monica, not San Jose

  • gamil February 9, 2011, 4:59 am


  • Betty January 13, 2011, 3:35 pm

    I was wondering if they were going to still play in seattle cuz rumer is that they will pay in new york

    • David Wilson January 14, 2011, 12:22 am

      Game has been moved the New York Betty.

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