Chile star, Arturo Vidal, has lambasted the world football governing body, FIFA for promoting an “imbalanced playing field” in the game by upturning Lionel Messi’s four-match ban.
Messi was handed a four-match ban for allegedly insulting a match official during Argentina’s 1-0 victory over Chile in a World Cup qualifier in March, although the punishment was largely considered an overkill under the circumstances.
The Barcelona superstar consequently sat out the 2-0 loss at Bolivia, but will now return to the remaining four games after the sanction was overturned on appeal.
Argentina currently sit outside the automatic qualifying positions in fifth – a place behind Chile – and Vidal has expressed his disappointment at seeing their direct rivals regain their captain and talisman, Goal writes.
“That’s a difficult issue,” Vidal is quoted as saying by AND Radio. “I wish all the rules were the same for everybody.
“It’s good for Argentina, for Messi and for football. It’s always nice to watch Messi playing for the national team because he always gives everything, so good for him, but I wish all the rules were the same everybody.”
Vidal’s frustration is understandable given that his colleague, Gary Medel, was handed the same ban as Messi for a similar offence, but only had the one game struck off.