Barcelona reacts to FIFA's four match ban on Lionel Messi

Messi vents his fury at assistant referee Emerson Augusto de Carvalho which has proved costly for the playerJUAN MABROMATA  AFP  Getty Images

He was not shown a card at the time.

Bolivia's Juan Carlos Arce (7) celebrates scoring his side's first goal against Argentina followed by teammate Marcelo Martins during their 2018 World Cup qualifying match in La Paz, Bolivia, on Tuesday, March 28.

The Club considers the four-match suspension imposed on the Argentine player to be unfair and totally disproportionate.

Footballer Lionel Messi has been found guilty of violating art. 57 of the FDC for having directed insulting words at an assistant referee.

Barcelona have branded the four-game global ban handed to Lionel Messi for abusing an assistant referee "unjust and totally disproportionate".

Messi was also fined 10,000 Swiss francs (9,350 euros, $10,170), with FIFA saying: "This decision is in line with the FIFA Disciplinary Committee's previous rulings in similar cases".

The Barcelona star believes he has been unfairly victimised by the four-match ban he received, and is adamant he meant no harm to the official.

"Bolivia won fair and square", Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza said. "Now they will have to do the same with all the players that hurl insults".

Messi has enjoyed a stunning season at club level, scoring 41 goals in 40 games, with Barca now second in La Liga, two points behind Real Madrid, who have played a game less.

After the game, he shook the hands of two officials, then pointedly did not shake Carvalho's hand. In a 10-country group where four teams progress automatically and another goes to the intercontinental playoffs, Argentina is looking over its shoulder at quality teams in pursuit like Colombia, Chile, Paraguay and Ecuador.

However, Bauza insisted he will continue to fight as he looks ahead to Russian Federation 2018.

Messi is considered by many to be the best player in the world. It seems to me that he is in a position to be investigated.

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