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Barcelona Could Be Hit With €3000 Fine For Lionel Messi's Diego Maradona Tribute Celebration

Barcelona Could Be Hit With €3000 Fine For Lionel Messi's Diego Maradona Tribute Celebration

Barcelona are facing a fine of €3000 (£2,700) for Lionel Messi's tribute to Diego Maradona yesterday.

After scoring a goal Maradona would be proud of in the 4-0 win over Osasuna at the Nou Camp, Messi removed his Barcelona shirt and revealed an old Newell's Old Boys No.10 shirt that the late 60-year-old wore.

Boyhood Newell's fan Messi kissed his hands and pointed to the sky, recreating an image of Maradona in his brief spell at the Argentine outfit.

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Messi was booked for his emotional celebration by referee Mateu Lahoz and SPORT say he and Barca could be punished further for the way in which he paid tribute.

Image: PA
Image: PA

FIFA's official website states: "The IFAB, the body responsible for the Laws of the Game, decided to add a detail to Law 12 relating to 'Fouls and Misconduct', stating: "A player who removes his jersey after scoring a goal will be cautioned for unsporting behaviour."

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No matter how respectful the message is, it seems there are no exceptions to the law despite it being incredibly harsh and heartless.

Messi and Maradona share so much history together that dates back to the latter's debut for Newell's 27 years ago. A young Messi performed kick-ups on the pitch at half-time before later lining up alongside him in a charity game and eventually playing under him for Argentina.

Six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi penned a heartfelt message on social media after hearing news of Maradona's passing, offering his condolences to the family.

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He wrote: "A very sad day for all Argentines and for football. He leaves us but does not leave, because Diego is eternal.

"I keep all the beautiful moments I lived with him and I wanted to take the opportunity to send my condolences to all his family and friends. RIP."

Topics: Football News, FC Barcelona, Football, Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona, Newell's Old Boys

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