​Argentina forward Lionel Messi is facing a suspension for his side's World Cup qualifier against Bolivia on Tuesday, according to ​Goal.

The Barcelona star scored the only goal of the game during Argentina's 1-0 win over Chile last week, but also confronted the officials throughout the match, allegedly abusing linesman Marcelo van Gasse.

"F*** off, your mother's c***," Messi is alleged to have said before refusing to shake Van Gasse's hand at full-time. The incident was not reported in the referee's official report of the match but it was added on Monday and sent to CONMEBOL.


The governing body's disciplinary committee will now decide what punishment to give Messi, and whether it should come into effect straight away. The Argentina Football Association is aware of the possible sanctions that could be delivered and understand Messi could be hit with a ban regardless of his standing in world football.

AFA vice-president Armando Perez said: “If he behaved out of place, then he should be penalised like any other player.

“He should not get a different deal just because he is the best player on the planet. It seems to me that he is in a position to be investigated.

“CONMEBOL is asking for all of the information. Everything that we know must be passed on.”

The ban would rule Messi out of Argentina's match against Bolivia on Tuesday, although an appeal would allow the 29-year-old to take the field. CONMEBOL could bring the ban into affect after the current international break, so Messi would be banned for the trip to Uruguay, while they could also disregard the amendment to the referee's report and let Messi off without punishment.