Messi would have missed three other qualifiers, and would have only returned for their final qualifier against Ecuador in October.
FIFA handed Messi a four-match suspension for his comments to an assistant ref during Argentina's World Cup qualifier against Chile last week.
The World Cup will be fun no matter what. But, with an expanded World Cup field, the qualifiers may not.
Chapecoense were travelling to Medellin for the final of the Copa Sudamericana, before their plane came down outside the Colombian city with up to 76 passengers killed.
You can't run from the D.O.J.
South America's soccer confederation, CONMEBOL, enjoys judicial immunity thanks to a 1997 law intended to aid tourism. Sure.