Lionel Messi can play in Argentina’s opening 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier next month, as his ban expires.
Claudio Tapia, president of the Argentine Football Association, said this on Thursday.
Tapia said this was because the statute of limitations (barring him from playing) has run out on the ban he was given during last year’s Copa America.
Messi was banned for one game after being sent off in the Copa America third-place playoff against Chile and for levelling accusations of “corruption” at South American football chiefs.
Messi had been expected to serve the ban by missing Argentina’s qualifier against Ecuador, which is scheduled to take place in Buenos Aires on October 8.
Tapia said he had consulted with South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) President Alejandro Dominguez.
“…. he confirmed the statute of limitations had expired and that he (Messi) is able to play,” Tapia was quoted as saying by AFA on twitter.