ZURICH (AP) — Lionel Messi has won his FIFA appeal, and the remaining three matches of a ban for insulting a referee’s assistant have been lifted.
Messi already served one match of the ban that was imposed when the FIFA disciplinary committee gave its ruling hours before Argentina’s 2-0 loss in Bolivia in March.
Argentina’s next World Cup qualifier is at Uruguay on Aug. 31.
Argentina is fifth in the 10-team South American group with four games left. The 2014 World Cup runner-up is in line to advance to a November playoff against a team from Oceania, likely to be New Zealand.
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