Lionel Messi's Argentina ban is over and he's available to play
The wantaway Barcelona star has made plenty of headlines recently but the latest announcement from president of the AFA) is more positive.
Lionel Messi can play in Argentina's opening World Cup qualifier next month because the statute of limitations has run out on the ban he was given during last year's Copa America, the president of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) said on Thursday.
Messi available for Argentina
Messi was banned for one game after being sent off in the Copa America third-place playoff against Chile and for levelling accusations of "corruption" at South American soccer chiefs.
Messi had been expected to serve the ban by missing Argentina's qualifier against Ecuador that is scheduled to take place in Buenos Aires on 8 October.
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However, Claudio Tapia said he had consulted with the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) President Alejandro Dominguez, who "confirmed the statute of limitations had expired and that he (Messi) is able to play," the AFA twitter said.
The Barcelona forward was shown the red card after clashing with Gary Medel and afterwards he alleged the tournament had been fixed in favour of the hosts Brazil, who beat Argentina in a controversial semi-final on their way to claiming the title.
El Presidente de la @afa, Claudio Tapia, elevó una consulta a @CONMEBOL sobre la sanción que debía cumplir el capitán de @Argentina Lionel Messi ante Ecuador y tras haberse cumplido un año, @agdws le confirmó que la misma ha prescrito y se encuentra disponible para la doble fecha pic.twitter.com/rWcvaMI0fo— Selección Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) September 10, 2020
Argentina, who last won the World Cup in 1986, kick off their qualifying campaign with a double header at home to Ecuador and away to Bolivia.
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