By Simdi Gloria:-
Barcelona star, Lionel Messi was fined £543 while his club FC barca was fined £162, totalling the fines to €705.
The fine came as a result of homage Messi paid to his late compatriot by taking off his Barcelona jersey to reveal a Newell’s Old Boys shirt belonging to Maradona, a gesture that was praised around the world.
Messi supports Newell’s Old Boys and played for the club’s junior team before leaving for Barca aged 13.
The Spanish Soccer Federation’s competition rejected Barcelona’s protests against the punishment and their suggestion it should be waived as the gesture was a tribute to Maradona.
The committee’s statement said that while it accepted the gesture was a tribute, article 93 of the disciplinary code states that a player should be punished for removing their shirt when celebrating, irrespective of the motive.
The statement added that Messi could only have had the sanction waived if he had been given the booking in error.
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