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Messi's Four-Game International Ban Lifted

FC Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi will be available for Argentina's 2018 World Cup qualifiers, after his four-game ban was overturned.

Read: FIFA Hand Messi Four-Game Ban

Messi was initially banned for four games by FIFA, after television footage showed the player verbally abusing a match official.

The Barca already missed Argentina's 2-0 loss to Bolivia but he will now be available for the remaining qualifiers. 

"The FIFA Appeal Committee has upheld the appeal lodged by the Argentine 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," a statement confirmed.

"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.

"In view of the above decision, the match suspension imposed on Lionel Messi, which entered into force on 28 March 2017, and the fine of 10,000 Swiss francs have been lifted."

 

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