Messi Says He Was Yelling At The Air, Not The Ref

Lionel Messi has been suspended for four Argentina World Cup qualifiers for ostensibly insulting an assistant referee, but he says the insults were directed at the air.

Lionel Messi has been suspended from four Argentina World Cup qualifiers (one has already been played) for saying something really bad, either (if FIFA is to be believed) to an assistant referee or (if Messi is to be believed) to the air. Argentina's World Cup qualification may hinge on Messi's excuse holding water.

Well, here's the video, so you can decide for yourself:

Most everyone swears aloud at no one in particular from time to time. I'm not going to come out and say that Messi definitely wasn't insulting the air. He could have been insulting the air. 

But.

The video is not doing him any favors in the making-his-excuse-believable department. On the other hand, FIFA's track record in matters like this isn't exactly sterling.

And if you don't like this article, I was writing it at the air, not at you.

(H/T Deadspin)

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