In their semifinal encounter against Croatia, Argentina could experience a serious issue. The team’s leader, Lionel Messi, might miss the SemiFinal against Croatia. Following the criticism, Messi leveled at match referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz. FIFA has begun a disciplinary action against the Argentine captain.
Argentina’s behavior following their heated 2022 FIFA World Cup quarterfinal victory over the Netherlands has forced FIFA to start a disciplinary procedure against the Lionel Messi-led Argentina team.
They charged the Argentina football federation after the regulatory body highlighted “order and security at matches” in its disciplinary rule.
Lionel Messi’s Team beats the Netherlands
Argentina triumphed 4-3 on penalties in Lusail on Friday to move to the semifinals of the quadrennial competition (9 December). After goals from Nahuel Molina and Lionel Messi, Wout Weghorst’s two late goals sent the game into a vital penalty shootout.
La Albiceleste, on the other hand, made headlines as players and coaches joined the on-field altercation at the conclusion of 90 minutes. During or following the knockout game, 17 players or coaching staff members received yellow cards, including Messi.
Lionel Messi Statement
“It shouldn’t have ended the way this game did. I want to avoid mentioning the referee for fear that they would penalize you. We were scared before the game because we were aware of his temperament, and I believe FIFA has to look at this. He is not qualified to serve as the referee for these games, thus you cannot assign him to them.”
FIFA’s Statement on Lionel Messi
“Due to possible violations of articles 12 (Misconduct of Players and Officials) and 16 (Order and Security at Matches) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code during the Netherlands vs. Argentina FIFA World Cup match, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has opened proceedings against the Argentinian Football Association”.
Lionel Messi appreciates Croatia in the post-match conference
“Croatia demonstrated their strength as a team. They occasionally competed on an even playing field with Brazil. The team members have worked with the same coach for a long time and are well acquainted.”
Friday at Al-Rayyan, Croatia defeated Brazil 4-2 on penalties after they tied the game 1-1 following 120 minutes (9 December). For their respective nations’ teams, Neymar and Bruno Petkovic both scored goals.
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