The Argentina forward received the ban by FIFA yesterday for "having directed insulting words" at an official during Thursday's World Cup qualifier with Chile.

He was caught on camera venting his fury at an assistant who signalled he had committed a foul in Argentina's 1-0 win.

And Barcelona have released an angry statement expressing their "surprise and outrage" at the punishment dished out to their star player.

It read: "FC Barcelona express their surprise and outrage at the official decision of the FIFA disciplinary committee to sanction Leo Messi after the World Cup qualifying match between Argentina and Chile.