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Barcelona's Lionel Messi Fined 600 Euros For Tribute to Diego Maradona

Lionel Messi (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Lionel Messi (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Lionel Messi took his jersey off to pay tribute to Diego Maradona during Barcelona’s 4-0 win over Osasuna in La Liga.

Lionel Messi was fined 600 euros ($720) for taking his jersey off to pay tribute to Diego Maradona, the Spanish soccer federation said on Wednesday.

The federation’s competitions committee fined the Argentine player for his actions after scoring in Barcelona’s 4-0 win over Osasuna in the Spanish league on Sunday.

After a strike from outside the box, Messi took off Barcelonas blue-and-burgundy to reveal the red-and-black of Maradonas jersey from his stint at Newells Old Boys. Messi then blew a kiss with both hands to the sky as he looked upward.

After the game, Messi posted a photo of his tribute alongside an older image of Maradona in the same shirt, adding the message Farewell, Diego in Spanish. Maradona died last week at the age of 60.

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The federation also refused to void the yellow card that was shown to Messi for taking off his jersey, and fined Barcelona 180 euros ($216).

Messi and the club can appeal the decisions.

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first published:December 02, 2020, 23:03 IST