The Barcelona forward has been punished, with his international suspension starting on Tuesday in Bolivia.
A statement from FIFA said:
“Footballer Lionel Messi has been found guilty of violating article 57 of the FIFA disciplinary code for having directed insulting words at an assistant referee.
“As a result, Lionel Messi will be suspended for four official matches and sanctioned with a fine of CHF 10,000 (£8,100).”
It added that the suspension was in line with the FIFA disciplinary committee’s previous rulings in similar cases.
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