LIONEL MESSI has been left out of Argentina’s team for their World Cup qualifier against Bolivia denting their hopes of making it to Russia.
The Barcelona superstar is under investigation by Fifa after being accused of saying “f*** off, your mother’s a c***” to a match official.
Lionel Messi ‘swears’ at linesmen after Argentina’s 1-0 win over Chile
The incident happened in Argentina’s 1-0 win over Chile in Buenos Aires last Thursday.
Football’s governing body picked up on his alleged use of foul language aimed at two assistant referees.
And Argentinian journalist Fernando Czyz has said Argentina have left him out of the squad with Fifa making a judgement soon.
Footage showed Messi confronting linesmen and giving them both barrels.
Assistant refs Marcelo van Gasse and Dewson Silva bore the brunt of Messi’s frustrations but the striker could now face a ban between two and four games.
The incident was left out the referee’s report after the game but was sent on later as an add on.
And it is a big blow for Bauza who already have four players out with suspensions.
Argentina Football Association vice-president Armando Perez said: “If he behaved out of place, then he should be penalised like any other player.