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Lionel Messi's international ban lifted by FIFA after successful appeal

Messi has already served one of the four match ban handed to him for allegedly insulting an official

T2 Online Newsdesk 6 May 2017, 12:29 AM
Lionel Messi during a World Cup qualifying match against Uruguay

Lionel Messi during a World Cup qualifying match against Uruguay Image: AFP

Lionel Messi has won his FIFA appeal and the remaining three matches of a ban for insulting a referee's assistant have been lifted.

Messi already served one match of the ban that was imposed when the FIFA disciplinary committee gave its ruling hours before Argentina's 2-0 loss in Bolivia in March.

Argentina's next World Cup qualifier is at Uruguay on August 31.

Argentina is fifth in the 10-team South American group with four games left. The 2014 World Cup runner-up is in line to advance to a November playoff against a team from Oceania, likely to be New Zealand.

(With inputs from AP)

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