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'Messi doesn't need to worry' - Claudio Tapia elected new AFA president

9:40 am AEDT 30/3/17
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The newly appointed head of the South American nation's governing body has vowed to have the Barca attacker's ban chopped

Claudio Tapia has been elected as the new president of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) following a vote on Wednesday.

Messi's four-match ban is a farce

Long-standing AFA president Julio Grondona died in 2014, with his replacement Luis Segura resigning when he was charged with fraud in June 2016.

After a period under a temporary stand-in, the AFA now has a leader in Tapia, who was elected with 40 of the 43 votes in his favour.

"I thank all those who worked to reach this moment," Tapia said, speaking as president for the first time.

"It is necessary that each of the leaders join us in this democracy.

'Insults were said to the air' - Messi

Additionally, the new supremo took time to talk about Lionel Messi's four-match ban, an issue that, with only four matches left in the South American qualifiers, sees the Albiceleste in danger of missing out on the World Cup.

“Messi doesn't need to worry,” he said.

“We will do whatever we can to reduce his suspension – it's unfair.”