Reports: Maradona Pushed For Messi's Ban Sphamandla Ntshokotsha 08:17 Sphamandla Ntshokotsha Lionel Messi was recently handed a four-match by FIFA for verbally abusing a referee on international duty. New reports suggest that Diego Maradona pushed for the punishment. An Argentinian journalist, Gonza Stupenengo, then reported that Maradona, who recently became a FIFA ambassador, was involved with the decision. "I spoke to someone who works at FIFA and he confirmed to me that Maradona pushed for Messi's sanction," a tweet of his, translated to English from Spanish, read. Source: Soccerladuma Maradona has not been shy to criticise Messi in the past, although he has also praised him on many occasions too.