Diego Maradona accused of stabbing Lionel Messi in the back over FIFA ban

The big talking point on Tuesday afternoon was that FIFA had sensationally decided to slap Lionel Messi with a four-match international ban just hours before Argentine were due to take on Bolivia in a World Cup qualifier.

The Barcelona man allegedly aimed a foul-mouthed tirade at an assistant referee during their victory over Uruguay last week, and he landed himself in hot water despite there being no mention of the incident in the referee’s match report at the time.

Some reports are claiming that FIFA didn’t even inform the Argentine FA of the decision, and they will now lodge a formal appeal to get it overturned.

However, while the whole affair has left fans with a sour taste in the mouth, there is another element to the story that is being reported that shows just how insidious football politics can really be.

Diego Maradona, World Cup winner, famous philanderer, and all round football legendĀ is rightly held in high regard in the South American country, but he could now find himself on the other side of fans’ affections after the story took another twist.