Argentina Skipper, Lionel Messi has been sanctioned for using abusive language towards an official and will miss four games.
The Albiceleste face a crunch game in La Paz, which has already been made difficult enough by the altitude, but must now contend also with the absence of their best player against Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay and Venezuela.
This decision is in line with the FIFA Disciplinary Committee’s previous rulings in similar cases.
Both the player and the Argentinian Football Association have been informed of the decision today.
“This decision reflects the consistent case law that the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has applied in previous and similar cases,” a FIFA statement reads.
Argentina’s victory at home to the Chileans kept them in the mix for automatic qualification, sitting in third place in Conmebol’s qualification process, but with only four teams heading directly to Russia 2018 and another destined for the playoffs, just three points separate sixth-place Chile and Uruguay in second.