FIFA Overturns Lionel Messi’s Four-Game Ban From International Matches

FIFA Overturns Lionel Messi’s Four-Game Ban From International Matches

Following a hearing which took place in Zurich on May 4 2017, the FIFA
Appeal committee has upheld the appeal lodged by the Argentinian
Football Association on behalf of Lionel Messi, against the decision
taken by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.

Lifting the sanctions imposed on him, the Appeal
Committee set aside the decision taken by the FIFA Disciplinary
Committee on 28 March 2017, which, in application of art. 77 a) of the
FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC), had found Lionel Messi guilty of
infringing art. 57 of the FDC for having directed insulting words at an
assistant referee during Argentina’s World Cup qualifier against Chile.

Despite
the fact that the FIFA Appeal Committee considered Lionel Messi’s
behaviour as reproachable, they concluded that the evidence available
was not sufficient.

“The Appeal Committee nevertheless underlines the importance of always
showing respect to the match officials, stressing that such a principle
is essential in football and any unsporting conduct that may be contrary
to the principles of fair play cannot be accepted. In view of the above
decision, the suspension for four matches imposed on Lionel Messi,
which entered into force on 28 March 2017, and the fine of CHF 10,000
have been lifted,” the statement read.