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Lionel Messi’s four-game Argentina ban lifted by Fifa

The appeals committe have concluded there was insufficient evidence

Brazil v Argentina - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifier Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Lionel Messi’s four-game international ban has been overturned by Fifa on appeal meaning the Barcelona ace is free to represent Argentina once again.

Messi was handed the suspension for using "insulting words" towards an assistant referee last March during Argentina’s 1-0 win over Chile.

The 29-year-old was subsequently hit with the ban and was forced to sit out the World Cup qualifier with Bolivia which Argentina lost 2-0.

However, he is now free for international duty once again and able to play a full part in his nation’s bid to qualify for next summer’s World Cup in Russia.

An official Fifa statement said there was "not sufficient" evidence and confirmed the news the ban had been overturned

"The FIFA appeal committee has upheld the appeal lodged by the Argentinian Football Association, on behalf of the player Lionel Messi, against the decision taken by the FIFA disciplinary committee, lifting the sanctions imposed on him as a result," read the statement.

The news means that Messi will now be available to play in the forthcoming games against Uruguay, Venezuela and Peru which will be a huge boost for Argentina who are currently down in fifth place in the group, a point behind Chile and Uruguay.

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