Argentine superstar Lionel Messi has returned to practice after a week-long tussle with Barcelona. In the meantime, got the good news! Leo Messi will be able to play for Argentina in next month’s World Cup qualifiers. In fact, the Latin American Football Confederation has lifted the two-match ban on Conmebol Messi, according to Claudio Tapia, president of the Argentine Football Federation.
Lionel Messi was deported for criticizing the referee and Conmebol in the semi-final against Brazil in the last Copa America. He didn’t even go to take the medal as he won the third place. As a result, Conmebol banned one match. Conmebol said Messi’s deportation would only be effective in competitive matches.
As such, Messi was due to take effect against Ecuador in the first match of the World Cup qualifiers on October 8. But Claudio Tapia, president of the Argentine Football Association, appealed against Messi’s ban. As the qualifiers have been postponed due to Corona, the ban has expired. He made this argument to Conmebol. Conmebol responded to Tapia’s argument. Messi’s ban has been lifted. Claudio Tapia himself confirmed the matter.
Lionel Messi has no choice but to play against Ecuador and Bolivia in next month’s World Cup qualifiers. In fact, two matches were supposed to be played in March 2020, but it was postponed due to Corona. The two-time world champions will begin their World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador at home next month and Bolivia at away.