FIFA Lifts Messi’s Ban

By Akinwale Kasali Argentina and Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi has seen his four match ban lifted by world soccer governing body, FIFA. Messi, 29, was banned for insulting an assistant referee during a World Cup qualifier against Chile in March. FIFA’s appeal committee described Messi’s behaviour as “reproachable” but decided the evidence against him was insufficient. Here is FIFA’s verdict: 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,…

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Super Eagles Moves Up to 40th Position In Latest FIFA Ranking

Super Eagles of Nigeria improved on their performance in the FIFA rankings from last month by moving up two places in Africa to become 5th and one place to become 40th in the world as against the 7th and 41st positions occupied respectively in the last rankings. The only game the Super Eagles played after last month’s rankings was against Senegal which ended in a 1-1 draw. The game against Burkina-Faso was called off. Meanwhile, Brazil surged to the top of the FIFA world rankings for the first time in…

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FIFA Suspends Messi

By Akinwale Kasali The hope of Argentina qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia has been dealt a big blow few hours before the Argentine football team suffered a 2-0 loss to Bolivia in La Paz. The loss puts Argentina in the fifth position, falling off the pecking order for an automatic qualification slot, with a play-off imminent. Their next five matches will see Lionel Messi following his suspension by FIFA, the world soccer governing board for misconduct on the part of the highly rated maestro. Lionel Messi’s…

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