Argentina's Lionel Messi waves. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
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Argentina's hopes of reaching next year's World Cup were given a huge boost Friday after FIFA overturned Lionel Messi's four-game ban for swearing at an assistant referee.FIFA said there was not enough evidence to support the stiff punishment meted out in March to the 29-year-old Barcelona striker, who is central to Argentina's faltering bid to get to Russia 2018 .Argentine football officials conceded that Messi's foul-mouthed tirade was wrong but argued that FIFA's sanction was disproportionate and politically motivated.The AFA fired coach Edgardo Bauza following a damaging March defeat to Bolivia – Messi was absent because of the ban.
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