sport news Lionel Messi avoids ban for Argentina ahead of World Cup qualifiers

Lionel Messi avoids ban for Argentina ahead of World Cup qualifiers after successful overturn of red card against Chile in 2019 Copa America Lionel Messi has avoided a ban for Argentina after being awarded a red card The Barcelona star was sent off in Copa America third-place play-off vs Chile Argentina claimed that the statute of limitations on the ban had expired 

By Ieuan Ivett For Mailonline

Published: 08:48 BST, 11 September 2020 | Updated: 08:48 BST, 11 September 2020

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Lionel Messi has avoided a ban for the Argentina national side after being awarded a red card back in 2019.

The Barcelona forward was given his marching orders controversially last year in June in a Copa America third-place play-off against Chile and was handed a one-game ban.

The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) stated that Messi will have to miss a competitive match to serve his ban, as Argentina played friendlies against Brazil and Uruguay later that year. 

Lionel Messi has avoided a ban for the Argentina national side as a result of a 2019 red card

Lionel Messi has avoided a ban for the Argentina national side as a result of a 2019 red card

He saw red in Copa America third-place play-off against Chile and was handed a one-game ban

He saw red in Copa America third-place play-off against Chile and was handed a one-game ban

Set to play in World Cup qualifiers next month against Bolivia and Ecuador, Argentina confirmed that Messi's ban had been lifted and he would be eligible for selection. 

They managed to overturn the decision by claiming that the statute of limitations on the

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