Does Lionel Messi deserve a four-game international ban? | The Tylt
Does Lionel Messi deserve a four-game international ban?
Here's footage from the game, along with a breakdown of the incident from ESPNFC:
Television pictures clearly showed Messi reacting angrily late in the game when assistant referee Emerson Carvalho flagged him for fouling an opponent. He waved his arms and shouted profane insults at the assistant. After the game, Messi refused to shake hands with Carvalho.
Argentina is planning to appeal the ruling, which has raised eyebrows across the sport—especially since the disciplinary action is so stern, and Messi's behavior went largely unnoticed during the game.
Argentina newspaper Ole published documents from the FIFA inquiry, which quote head referee Ricci as saying he wasn't aware that Messi had insulted any official. I did not hear any offensive language from Messi or anyone else towards myself, besides the normal players' complains (specially raising their hands) [sic] during the match. If I had heard any offensive word, I would have acted in according the rules of the game."
Not everyone is okay with Lionel Messi being able to do whatever he wants just because he happens to be the sport's biggest icon. He was frustrated, but that's no excuse for acting like a fool toward a referee. Messi's behavior was outrageous, and he deserves to be disciplined.
It's disappointing to see Messi's frustrations getting the better of him once again in an Argentina shirt.