Soccer

Messi fined $720 US for on-field tribute to Maradona

Lionel Messi was fined $720 US for taking his jersey off to pay tribute to Diego Maradona, the Spanish soccer federation said on Wednesday.

Barcelona star saluted passing of fellow Argentine by displaying hidden shirt

After scoring against Osasuna in La Liga action on Sunday, FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi paid tribute to the passing of fellow Argentine Diego Maradona by lifting his jersey to reveal a Newell's Old Boys shirt underneath. (Albert Gea/Reuters)

Lionel Messi was fined $720 US for taking his jersey off to pay tribute to Diego Maradona, the Spanish soccer federation said on Wednesday.

The federation's competitions committee fined the Argentine player for his actions after scoring in Barcelona's 4-0 win over Osasuna in the Spanish league 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 Newell's Old Boys. Messi then blew a kiss with both hands to the sky as he looked upward.

After the game, Messi posted a photo of his tribute alongside an older image of Maradona in the same shirt, adding the message "Farewell, Diego" in Spanish. Maradona died last week at the age of 60.

The federation also refused to void the yellow card that was shown to Messi for taking off his jersey, and fined Barcelona 180 euros ($216).

Messi and the club can appeal the decisions.

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