Lionel Messi sends appeal following four match ban for insulting match official

Fifa has received an appeal by Argentina forward Lionel Messi, protesting his four-match international ban for insulting a match official.

Messi did not travel to FIFA headquarters in Zurich for the hearing but Spanish media said he would make his defense in a video conference call. Messi has already missed one World Cup qualifier, to Bolivia, and will also sit games against, Uruguay, Venezuela and Peru if the ban remains in place.

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