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Lionel Messi: FIFA bans Argentine legend for four matches for abusing match official in a World Cup qualifying game

Lionel Messi: FIFA bans Argentine legend for four matches for abusing match official in a World Cup qualifying game

As stated in the FIFA statement, Messi may have used obscene language against one of the assistant referees; however, this incident was not recorded in the report of the match official who oversaw the game against Chile on Friday, reports Efe.

Win is not enough:  Argentina's win over Chile in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers criticised by press

Win is not enough: Argentina's win over Chile in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers criticised by press

With five games to play in South American qualifying, Brazil is leading the pack on 30 points, followed closely by Uruguay (23), Argentina (22) and Colombia (21).

PHOTOS: Battling rain, thousands of Lionel Messi's fans take to street in Argentina, ask him to reconsider retirement

PHOTOS: Battling rain, thousands of Lionel Messi's fans take to street in Argentina, ask him to reconsider retirement

The fans took part in a manifestation in support of the player's return to the national team.

Lionel Messi retirement: Argentine president, Diego Maradona ask him not to quit

Lionel Messi retirement: Argentine president, Diego Maradona ask him not to quit

After an outpouring of disappointment by fans online, Macri joined the calls for the Barcelona superstar to stay with Argentina.

Indian Sports Fraternity on Lionel Messi's decision to quit Argentina. See their reaction on Twitter!

Indian Sports Fraternity on Lionel Messi's decision to quit Argentina. See their reaction on Twitter!

Indian cricketers Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina too wrote about the Barcelona forward after his decision to quit the game.

Copa America Final: Messi `the best player of all time`, believes Chile manager Juan Antonio Pizzi

Copa America Final: Messi `the best player of all time`, believes Chile manager Juan Antonio Pizzi

Before two successive Copa America final defeats by Chile, Argentina were beaten 1-0 in the 2014 World Cup final by Germany. Messi`s side had also suffered defeat against Brazil in the 2007 Copa America final.

WATCH: Lionel Messi crying after Argentina's 2-4 loss against Chile in Copa America final

WATCH: Lionel Messi crying after Argentina's 2-4 loss against Chile in Copa America final

Messi looked in extreme pain after missing the shot and also couldn't control his emotions and wept in front of a jam-packed stadium and his team-mates.

WATCH: How Lionel Messi missed crucial penalty kick in Copa America final against Chile

WATCH: How Lionel Messi missed crucial penalty kick in Copa America final against Chile

After Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved Arturo Vidal's first shot of the penalty shootout, Argentine fans erupted with joy as Messi stepped ahead to take the first penalty kick for Argentina.

Copa America: Messi-less Argentina defeat Chile 2-1

Copa America: Messi-less Argentina defeat Chile 2-1

The game continued to have an edge with Di Maria and Gary Medel both receiving yellow cards for an off-the-ball scuffle shortly afterwards.

2018 World Cup Qualifiers: Argentina fight back for 2-1 win against Chile on Lionel Messi return

2018 World Cup Qualifiers: Argentina fight back for 2-1 win against Chile on Lionel Messi return

Argentina moved up to fourth in the 10-team group on eight points from five games.