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.

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