FIFA has sent a statement to the Argentine Football Association (AFA), in which it informs that it is studied the attitude of its player Leo Messi, in the match before Chile, of world-wide classification, and that by virtue of that it has proceeded To open a disciplinary procedure.
As stated in the FIFA report, Messi could have issued «insulting words» against one of the assistant referees, namely number 1, which were not recorded in the record of the main referee of the match against Chile, which was disputed Last friday.
Likewise, it is reported that this conduct, for which videos that would prove it, are informed, the AFA is informed that, on March 27, «additional information was requested from the arbitrator as well as the three assistants» in relation to Said incident.
The text includes the additional declarations of the four collegiate, in which they say to have heard «no offensive language on the part of Messi».
However, assistant 1, Emerson Augusto do Carvalho, points out that after a foul from Messi, who was at his side, at the end of the game, he saw how he «complained against that fault by raising his hands» and saying «something that At that moment I did not understand. «
«Only later, through the press, I understood that it was an insult,» adds the assistant collegiate.
FIFA, which states that the facts described appear to constitute an infringement, and that the Disciplinary Commission has «the competence to sanction serious misconduct that had not been warned by party officials», informs that it is «proceeding to open disciplinary proceedings Against the player Lionel Messi «.
Also, the AFA and Messi himself are requested to give their version of what happened, as well as to provide any «evidence in their possession» on the matter.
Messi, who is scheduled to play tonight with Argentina in Bolivia, also in a World Cup qualifying match, faces the risk of being sanctioned by FIFA.