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Lionel Messi learns of four-game Argentina ban only SIX HOURS before crucial World Cup qualifier in Bolivia after saying 'f*** off, your mother's ****' to a linesman during Chile victory


Lionel Messi has been banned for four of Argentina's final five World Cup qualifiers after a foul mouthed rant at a linesman during his side's 1-0 win over Chile on Thursday.
Messi discovered his fate only six hours before kick-off in Argentina's crucial qualifier away to Bolivia in La Paz on Tuesday. He has also been fined £8,100.
Messi said 'la concha de tu madre', which translates directly to 'f*** off, your mother's ****' - a common cursing phrase in Argentina - to linesman Marcelo van Gasse.
Lionel Messi has been banned for four matches for a foul-mouthed rant at a linesman
The incident occurred in Argentina's 1-0 victory over Chile last Thursday
Lionel Messi has been banned for four matches for a foul-mouthed rant at a linesman
Messi said 'la concha de tu madre' which translates directly to 'f*** off, your mother's ****'
It is a common cursing phrase in Argentina
Messi said 'la concha de tu madre' which translates directly to 'f*** off, your mother's ****' - a common cursing phrase in Argentina - to linesman Marcelo van Gasse
Argentina are going to appeal against the ruling by FIFA. 
Team secretary Jorge Miadosqui said: 'We are surprised at the decision taken. We are very angry because of the way it was handled with hours to play.
'We are going to appeal the sanction. We believe that the sanction can be lowered.
'Messi is sad, which we all are here.'  

As well as missing Tuesday's match against Bolivia, Messi will also be absent for an away game against Luis Suarez's Uruguay in August and two home matches against Venezuela and Peru in September and October.
It is a major blow for Argentina, whose spot at next year's tournament in Russia is far from assured. 
They went into the match against Chile in fifth position, outside of the automatic qualification spots. 
Messi had scored Argentina's decisive penalty against Chile to record a vital three points 
Messi had scored Argentina's decisive penalty against Chile to record a vital three points 
Argentina are third in World Cup qualifying but Bolivia away is difficult because of altitude
Argentina are third in World Cup qualifying but Bolivia away is difficult because of altitude

MATCHES MESSI MISSES 

March 28 - Bolivia (A)
August 28 - Uruguay (A) 
September 5 - Venezuela (H)
October 2 - Peru (H) A
That win took them Argentina to third but the away fixture against Bolivia is a notoriously difficult one due to the high altitude.
Messi has struggled in the past when playing at around 4,000 metres above sea level. 
In 2013, he threw up on the pitch during a 1-1 draw. 
Messi struggled through a 1-1 draw in Bolivia in 2013 but vomited on the pitch
After the match, he said: 'It is terrible to play here at altitude, so a draw is a good result for us. Every time you make an effort or play at high pace, you need time to recover.
'Some of the players had a headache and others felt a bit dizzy, but there was nothing wrong with me.'

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