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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 - 12:56
Lionel Messi banned for insulting assistant ref
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Lionel Messi was banned for four international matches - just five and a half hours before Argentina's World Cup qualifier against Bolivia kicked off.

The Barcelona forward was punished for directing "insulting words" at an assistant referee during Thursday's 1-0 win over Chile.

Messi, who scored the only goal in the qualifier, was angered when he was penalised for a foul, waving and shouting at the assistant in response.

The 29-year-old was fined £8,100.
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