Untypical of him!

Argentina/Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi has been banned for four international matches for directing insulting words at a match official during Argentina’s 1-0 win over Chile on Thursday, March 23. Messi reportedly used the ‘F’ word on the linesman. The 29 year-old who was also handed a £8,100 fine discovered his fate six hours before kick-off in Argentina’s qualifier away to Bolivia in La Paz today.

Lionel Messi will miss Argentina’s World Cup qualifier against Bolivia as well as games against Uruguay, Venezuela and Peru before returning for the final match against Ecuador.