Argentina star Messi slapped with four-game ban
The 29-year-old was penalised for a foul and proceeded to wave his arms and shout insults at the referee’s assistant Marcelo van Gasse, with whom he refused to shake hands at the final whistle.
It was not initially recorded in referee Sandro Ricci’s report but was followed up by FIFA after video footage of Messi’s insult emerged. Both the officials and the AFA were subsequently asked for their observations.
Messi has been fined 10,000 Swiss francs (£8,100) and will also miss World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay, Venezuela and Peru before returning for the final match against Ecuador.