Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi has been hit with a €600 fine for his tribute to Diego Maradona after the legend’s death.
Messi started his career at Newell’s Old Boys and unveiled their shirt in tribute to his fellow Argentine – who also played there – after scoring in Sunday’s 4-0 win against Osasuna.
The celebration forced referee Mateu Lahoz to book Messi for removing his Barca shirt, in line with the Spanish FA’s rules.
The Sun Reports the 33-year-old has now been sanctioned 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.