It is currently not a good time for Argentine football as their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup is in doubt. Since Mexico 1970, Argentina have never failed to qualify for the World Cup tournament.

Lionel Messi angrily confronted the match officials during his last game against Chile.

Some inappropriate words were used and has landed Messi a four-game ban with a an £8,111 fine.

But a document prepared by the Argentina Football Association (AFA) with a note from Messi. The documents was sent to FIFA before they finally heard about the ban.

Lionel Messi apologizes for comments at assistant referee

Messi explains: ” I firmly deny having offended the assistant referee in the match versus Chile , much less that my conduct conforms to what is regulated by art. 57 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.”

“The assistant referee, of Brazilian nationality, understood perfectly what I was saying. And to such an extent that we had had a friendly conversation earlier without at any time my statements have offended or injured the referee.

“Needless to say, if any of my sayings had bothered the assistant referee they were never addressed to him. But they were told to air and I apologize for that.”

He is expected to miss clashes with Uruguay, Peru and Venezuela, but they hope the ban would be reduced.

This is the entire letter that Leo Messi wrote to FIFA to reduce his sanction