Posted on Thu 4 May 2017, 05:57 PM

Football Governing body, FIFA, has started hearing Lionel Messi’s appeal against a four match ban for his country’ Argentina.

The Argentine captain was banned for four games for directing insulting words at an assistant referee.

He however appealed against the ban and is expected to testify in his defense.

The 29 year old did not travel to Zurich for the hearing but Spanish media say he would make his defence in a video conference call.

FIFA’s Appeal’s committee is not expected to announce an immediate decision on the matter.

Argentina is currently in 5th position in the World Cup qualifiers, one place behind the automatic qualifying spot and a point behind fourth placed Chile.

Only the top four teams to qualify automatically for Russia 2018, while the fifth-placed nation will play-off against an Oceania opponent.

Their remaining World Cup qualifiers are against Uruguay, Venezuela, Peru and Ecuador.

If Messi’s ban is not overturned, he will only be available for the final match against Ecuador.

 

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