Did Messi needlessly mess with Argentina’s Cup hopes?

Argentina’s Lionel Messi reacts after missing a chance to score during a 2018 Russia World Cup qualifying soccer match between Argentina and Chile at the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday March 23, 2017. At left is Argentina’s Lionel Messi. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

FIFA suspended Lionel Messi for four games for insulting a ref, putting Argentina’s World Cup hopes in jeopardy. 

The story:

FIFA suspended Messi for four of Argentina’s five remaining World Cup qualification matches after he was caught swearing at an official in the victory over Chile last week. The FIFA announcement fell just hours before Messi was due to captain Argentina against Bolivia late Tuesday. Argentina went on to lose 2-0 to the Bolivians to deal a fresh blow to their 2018 World Cup qualification campaign. Messi will also miss Argentina’s qualifiers in Uruguay on August 31, at home to Venezuela on September 5 and against Peru on October 5.


Former Argentina coach:

“What he did wasn’t that serious,” Menotti told Cadena Ser. “Messi’s ban is excessive. He made a mistake and he should be punished but not with four games. Messi has never done that before, not with the national team or with Barcelona.”

Argentina’s President:

“Today we have to be more together than ever. A hug for Leo and the whole team. Let’s go Argentina!”

Luis Suarez:

“I find Messi’s ban totally excessive,” he told Sport 890. “Now they will have to do the same with all the players that hurl insults.”

Head of Argentina national teams committee:

“We will appeal the decision because it’s unjust and arbitrary. Messi had never done this before. We are talking with the AFA lawyers and others that specialise in sporting law. It [the ban] really took us by surprise because we never thought it would be so harsh.”

Was it the right suspension?:

Good teammate:

Don’t be mean!:

What do you think? Should Argentina fans be upset with their star player?

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