The president of the Argentine Soccer Affiliation (AFA), Claudio Tapia, has confirmed that Lionel Messi can play of their opening 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier subsequent month.
Tapia defined that the statute of limitations (barring him from enjoying) has run out on the ban he was given throughout final 12 months’s Copa America
Messi was banned for one match, after receiving a crimson card within the Copa America third-place playoff in opposition to Chile.
The 33-year-old afterwards alleged that South American soccer chiefs had been corrupt.
Messi was anticipated to overlook Argentina’s qualifier in opposition to Ecuador on October 8 in Buenos Aires.
Nonetheless, Tapia has consulted with South American Soccer Confederation (CONMEBOL) President Alejandro Dominguez, for clarifications.
“He confirmed that the statute of limitations had expired and that he (Messi) is ready to play,” Tapia was quoted as saying by AFA on Twitter.