Published: Tue, July 09, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

LOOMING AXE! Messi faces two-year ban after Copa rant

LOOMING AXE! Messi faces two-year ban after Copa rant

Paris Saint Germain Star Marquinhos has hit back at Barcelona and Argentina Captain Lionel Messi after he accused South American football governing body Conmebol of Corruption.

When asked if Brazil would win the Copa America, Messi didn't hold back either.

Messi was critical of the officiating in Argentina's semi-final loss to Brazil and refused to take part in the third place medal ceremony citing a lack of respect towards the Copa nations.

Messi's tournament went from bad to worse when he was sent off, along with Chile midfielder Gary Medel, in the third-place play-off.

While visuals showed that the Argentine players were fouled in Brazilian box on both the occasions, the referee did not even consider going for the VAR.

Argentina eventually won the game 2-1 thanks to goals from Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala while Arturo Vidal scored Chile's sole goal.

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Instead of accepting responsibility for his team's shortcomings - which he captains - the FC Barcelona player instead made a decision to place all the blame on the pitch conditions in Brazil, the officiating, and the entire South American confederation being rigged to help Brazil win the competition.

"There is no doubt, the whole thing is set up for Brazil. I hope that the VAR and the referees have nothing to do and that Peru can compete because they have the team to win, but I see it hard".

"I did not want to be part of this corruption, we shouldn't have to be part of this disrepect we suffered during the Copa America.We could have gone further but we weren't allowed into the final". You can say it in the heat of the moment, but I still won't agree.

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni had earlier said of Messi's red card: "I still don't understand what Messi did to be dismissed". "For him, it was a yellow card, at max".

The officials accused the football star of showing a lack of respect "to the hundreds of professionals of the CONMEBOL, an institution that since 2016 has been working tirelessly to make South American football more transparent, professional, and well-developed".

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