Messi fined $980 for Maradona tribute


Lionel Messi has been fined 600 euros ($980 AUD) for taking his jersey off after scoring in a La Liga match and then paying his own special tribute to Diego Maradona.

The Spanish football federation's competitions committee announced on Wednesday that it was fining the Argentine striker for his actions after he had scored in Barcelona's 4-0 win over Osasuna on Sunday.

After a strike from outside the box, Messi took off Barcelona's blue-and-burgundy to reveal the red-and-black of Maradona's jersey from his stint at Rosario club Newell's Old Boys, where both Argentine greats had once played.

Messi then blew a kiss with both hands to the sky as he looked upward, leaving the rest of the football world thrilled at what seemed the most fitting way of honouring 'El Diego', who had died a few days earlier at the age of 60.

Apparently, the Spanish football authorities felt differently. Messi was not only booked after he had put his Barca shirt back on but the federation has now refused to void the yellow card.

Barcelona were also fined 180 euros ($293 AUD) but both the player and the club can appeal the decisions.

Source AAP