Lionel Messi and Barcelona fined for tribute to Diego Maradona

London: Lionel Messi and Barcelona have been fined a combined €780 after the player was shown a yellow card for lifting his shirt to pay tribute to the late Diego Maradona following his goal in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Osasuna.

Messi’s gesture, however, have been praised the world over, with fans arguing that the fine should not have been imposed as it was only meant to be a tribute to one of the greatest footballers ever.

Messi was fined 600 euros while his club were to pay another 180 euros.

The committee’s statement said that while it accepted the gesture was a tribute, article 93 of the disciplinary code states that a player should be punished for removing their shirt when celebrating, irrespective of the motive.

The statement added that Messi could only have had the sanction waived if he had been given the booking in error.