Diego Maradona has blasted the four-match ban on Lionel Messi imposed by FIFA and suggested he'll use his role as ambassador to get it scrapped.
He told La Oral Deportiva: “The punishment of Leo Messi is exaggerated. In American football, they talk with their hands in front of their mouths. What happened with Messi and the linesman was seen. Messi’s absence was key in Bolivia. It’s like taking Cristiano [Ronaldo] out of Portugal."
“It hurts me when they say that I had an influence in Messi getting suspended for four matches. I swear to God I knew nothing. I started to investigate and Messi’s sanction started in Conmebol."
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