Diego Maradona is sad for Messi who received a four match ban by FIFA for claims of being disrespectful [abusing] towards match official during national duty although words have been thrown at him for influencing the suspension.
Maradona who is as well a country mate to Messi says it hurts him to hear people say he is behind Messi’s ban. “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.” Said Maradona.
The retired Argentine international who is also FIFA ambassador defended the Barcelona star and promised to petition for Messi. In his own words, Maradona said, “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.”
He understood the leverage Messi’s presence in the pitch has and said, “…Messi’s absence was key in Bolivia. It’s liking taking Christiano Ronaldo out in a Portugal match. ”