Under Fire Edgardo Bauza Laments Lionel Messi Ban

Argentina succumbed to a 2-0 defeat in their World Cup qualifier against Bolivia just six hours after captain Lionel Messi was handed a four-match global suspension.

Messi's suspension was announced just five and a half hours before Argentina's 0-2 FIFA World Cup qualifier defeat by Bolivia on Tuesday. According to BBC, Messi used insulting words to the assistant referee during the Thursday's 1-0 win against Chile.

And while his ban won't affect his club side, he has described the punishment as "unfair and totally disproportionate".

"You have to put it into context, in an important World Cup qualifier a player can get overheated", Tebas said, although admitting he was unaware of what Messi had said to the official.

Finally, FC Barcelona wishes to reiterate its support for Leo Messi, an exemplary player in terms of conduct, both on and off the pitch.

But a closer look at the team's performance, especially without its banned star Lionel Messi, reveals that the country's campaign for the 2018 tournament in Russian Federation could be in jeopardy.

Lionel Messi has just realized that field rage has its dire consequences.

"It is impossible to replace Messi", said Cesar Luis Menotti, Argentina's World Cup winning coach in 1978.

Argentina will be hoping to reduce their player's ban and Marcelo Tinelli, head of Argentina's national teams committee, said that the Argentine Football Association (AFA) will make an appeal.

He told Ole: "We will appeal the decision because it's unjust and arbitrary".

"Bolivia won well. We have to think about what is coming, we are alive and desiring to qualify for the World Cup". "Messi's ban is excessive". Messi had never done this before. "Of course, to replace Messi is impossible".

The top four qualify directly for the World Cup in Russian Federation next year and the fifth-placed side go into a playoff against a team from Oceania for another place in the global show-piece event.

However, Fabregas, who played alongside the forward at the Nou Camp for three years between 2011 and 2014, insists that he holds nothing but admiration for the No 10, and says it is not easy being the man every one looks to all the time.

He said, after scoring his 52nd global goal: "I am very happy for this moment, not only mine, but also my teammates'".

  • Joanne Flowers