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.
This summer, the Chilean women's national team learned that it was removed from the official FIFA rankings and declared "inactive." They are the sixth South American women's team, out of ten, to fall out of the rankings.
You can't run from the D.O.J.