Messi Ban-Barca Statement

FC Barcelona have released a statement regarding the ban FIFA recently handed to superstar Lionel Messi.

The Argentine was given a four-match suspension for using abusive language towards match officials in his country's 2018 World Cup qualifier with Chile last week.

Having already served one match of the ban, Messi's club has now released a statement to address FIFA's decision, insisting that they find the action to be extremely unfair.

"FC Barcelona expresses its surprise and outrage at the actions of the Office of Disciplinary Committee of FIFA to sanction the player Leo Messi after the qualifying match of the FIFA World Cup between Argentina and Chile," the statement on the Barca's official website.

"The club considers the sanction of four games imposed against Messi unfair and totally disproportionate.
"Finally, FC Barcelona wishes to reiterate its support for Leo Messi, an exemplary athlete, for his behaviour on and off the pitch."

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