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Messi banned for four international matches for swearing

Lionel Messi Argentina star banned for four matches Bob Levey Getty Images
Erik Tate | 30 March, 2017, 02:05

The last time the Argentines managed to win in La Paz was in 2005.

Argentina captain Lionel Messi was slapped with a four-game suspension on Wednesday (AEDT), meaning he's not expected to feature against Bolivia barring a late appeal to Federation Internationale de Football Association.

However, Argentina is planning to make an appeal against the severity of Messi's ban. "This is a fight that we will keep fighting", Bauza told a post-match news conference, before admitting there were big concerns within the squad.

The goal was his 53rd worldwide strike, putting his name along side England's Wayne Rooney as the fourth highest goal scorer for their nation, among active players.

Argentina will now have to play four of its final five World Cup qualifiers without its superstar in Messi as it attempts to secure a spot in the World Cup.

Defeat represented a huge blow to Argentina's hopes of reaching next summer's World Cup in Russia, while the loss of Messi hardly helps matters.

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Do you think Messi deserved his ban? "It would be like replacing (Diego) Maradona".

The 29-year-old was fined £8,100. Striker Gonzalo Higuain and midfielder Javier Mascherano were both suspended, while forward Paulo Dybala failed to recover from injury.

"We did not have time to work with someone else". The team was the runner-up in the 2014 World Cup and the Copa Amrica in 2015 and 2016. The games Messi will miss are against Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela, and Uruguay. Afterward, Bauza's team faces Venezuela and Peru, with Messi now expected to return for the last match of the qualifying campaign, against Ecuador.

The result left Argentina fourth in their South America group. The first of the four-game suspension was Tuesday's game against Bolivia, which Argentina lost 0-2.

Messi would later refuse to shake the official's hand and Ricci denied hearing anything.

"The second thing that baffles me is that players cover their mouths to say good morning and when they swear at the linesmen.they do not cover their mouths".

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