‘Why FIFA is wrong to reduce Messi’s four-match ban’ – Maradona

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Diego Maradona, A Known Argentine Football Legend has said that Lionel Messi is “more like a teddy bear than a football player”, but feels it was still wrong for FIFA to rescind his four-game suspension .

The Barcelona star has been cleared to play for his country again, after sitting out just one game of an initial four

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Messi was cleared by the FIFA Appeals Committee, after allegedly insulting a referee during a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Chile.

Maradona believes the authorities diplayed preferential treatment and it is sending out a wrong message.

He told Radio La Red: “It makes absolutely no sense, but Leo deserved [to be sanctioned] for one more match and I say that with my heart in my hand.

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“They reduced the ban for the same reason they always do with star players and veteran players

“Messi is not the type of player to insult anyone. I managed him for one year and he is more like a teddy bear than a football player.”

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