Lionel Messi has been restricted from Argentina’s next four World Cup qualifiers, beginning with Tuesday’s amusement in Bolivia.
FIFA says Messi was restricted for verbally mishandling an aide official amid a home qualifier against Chile on Thursday.
FIFA mediated when the episode was not at first detailed by the Brazilian official after Argentina’s 1-0 win at Monumental Stadium in Buenos Aires.
It was judged a red-card offense for Messi, who scored the main objective from a first-half punishment.
TV pictures demonstrated Messi responding indignantly late in the amusement when the associate hailed him for a foul. He waved his arms and yelled degrade affronts at the Brazilian authority.
After the amusement, Messi declined to shake hands with the partner who had irritated him.