Ahead of kick-off, reports on social media circulated surrounding Diego Maradona’s involvement in the ban.
Maradona, who managed Messi at the 2010 World Cup, is now a FIFA ambassador.
Journalist Gonza Stupenengo reported that Maradona gave the go-ahead for the four match ban.
“I spoke someone who works at FIFA and he confirmed to me that Maradona pushed for Messi’s sanction,” Stupenengo tweeted.
If this turns out to be true, it could have massive implications for both Messi and Maradona’s future with the AFA.