FIFA said its appeal committee sided with a challenge filed on Messi’s behalf by the Argentine Football Association and lifted ‘the sanctions imposed on him as a result’.
‘Despite the fact that the FIFA Appeal Committee considered Lionel Messi’s behaviour as reproachable’ it concluded ‘the evidence available was not sufficient’ to justify a four-game ban.
In March the striker was found guilty of ‘having directed insulting words at an assistant referee’ in a World Cup qualifier against Chile which Argentina won 1-0 thanks to a penalty from the Barcelona hitman.
Argentine football chief Armando Perez conceded that Messi ‘made a mistake’, but argued that FIFA’s sanction was disproportionate.
The ban that started on March 28 and the fine for 10,112 US dollars y la multa de 10 mil francos suizos (10 mil 112 US were withdrawn.