LIONEL MESSI has been hit with a £540 fine for his accolade for Diego Maradona after the legend’s kick the bucket.
The Barcelona genius began his vocation at Newell’s Old Boys and uncovered their shirt in accolade for his kindred Argentine – who additionally played there – subsequent to scoring in Sunday’s 4-0 win against Osasuna.
The objective had striking likenesses to an objective scored by Maradona on his Newell’s presentation 27 years back.
He got the ball outside of the case, beat two safeguards at that point discharged a shot into the most distant corner of the net.
The celebration forced referee Mateu Lahoz to book Messi for removing his Barca shirt, in line with the Spanish FA’s rules.
It has now been confirmed that the 33-year-old has now been sanctioned.
The forward, who earns over £60m-a-year, should have to cough up a £540 fine.
And Barcelona have also been hit with a fine of £316 over the incident – although they plan to appeal.
The rule which imposes a fine for celebrations like Messi’s is not exclusive to the Spanish league, it is also applied by FIFA.
On FIFA’s official website, it 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.”