Barcelona lash out at Federation Internationale de Football Association over Lionel Messi ban

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

Initially, the incident was not included in referee Sandro Ricci's report but was followed up by Federation Internationale de Football Association after video footage emerged, the 29-year-old then receiving a four-game ban hours before Tuesday's qualifier against Bolivia, which his country went on to lose 2-0.

Argentina's Lionel Messi waves during the World Cup 2018 Qualifiers match against Chile at Antonio Liberti Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina on March 23, 2017.

Messi scored the only goal of Thursday's 1-0 win over Chile, firing home from the spot after referee Sandro Ricci gave a dubious penalty for a push on Angel Di Maria.

"This decision is in line with the Fifa Disciplinary Committee's previous rulings in similar cases", Fifa said.

But Uruguay's upset 2-1 defeat to Peru in the day's final South American qualifier combined with other results meant Brazil are mathematically guaranteed a place at next year's finals in Russian Federation.

"The club consider the four-game ban imposed upon the player unjust and totally disproportionate".

Argentina are now third, but only three points separates sixth-place Chile and Uruguay in second.

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Argentina are having to cope without Lionel Messi as they try to forge a path towards next year's World Cup.

With Lionel Messi's suspension, Argentina poorly defended the game. ángel Di María was unsuccessful in putting away the team's first real chance after 27 minutes.

"The sanction of four matches is incredible and puts Argentina's qualification campaign in danger", Valdano said.

Messi is one of five players suspended for the visit to Bolivia after Nicolas Otamendi, Javier Mascherano, Lucas Biglia and Gonzalo Higuain picked up yellow cards against Chile.

Argentina's defeat to Bolivia left them with a battle to qualify for the World Cup in Russian Federation. "But we're left angry and sad because (Messi) will not be with the team".

Argentina's next qualifier will be in August against Uruguay, which has lost its last two matches - against Brazil (4-1) and Peru (2-1).

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