Latest Football News – Expelled in the match for the third place won by Argentina against Chile (2-1) Saturday, Lionel Messi did not show up at the time of the presentation of the medals. The captain of Albiceleste wanted to denounce the “corruption” and “all that spoils the show”.
Lionel Messi had a message to convey. Very strong after his red card in the match for third place Copa América, the Argentine captain Lionel Messi said he did not go to the medal ceremony “because we should not be part of this corruption.” The five-time Golden Ball was kicked out for the second time in his career shortly before half-time for Albiceleste’s 2-1 win over Chile, for an altercation with defenseman Gary Medel. also released by the referee.
“I did not come (at the medal ceremony, ed) for a series of reasons, because we must not be part of this corruption, this lack of respect. corruption, referees and everything that ruins the show, “said the star of FC Barcelona in the mixed zone of the Arena Corinthians of Sao Paulo. After the semifinal lost Tuesday against Brazil (2-0) the Argentineans complained to the Confederation of South America (Conmebol) “gross errors of arbitration”. The Argentine federation (AFA) even raised suspicions of interference on the system of video assistance to arbitration (VAR) that would have prevented the review of two contentious actions that could lead to a penalty in favor of Albiceleste.
“I may be paying the bill”
According to the AFA, quoting articles from the Brazilian press, this interference could have been caused by the radio system used by the security services of President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro, present at the meeting. Messi insinuated that he had been expelled because he had criticized the refereeing after the match against the Brazilians. “I may be paying the bill today, with a yellow card everything could have been settled,” he said. “I always tell the truth and I’m honest, that’s why I’m calm, if what I say has repercussions, it’s not my fault, I think what happened (the cardboard red) is due to what I said, “he concluded.
This Copa América is yet another frustration for Messi, who hangs out like never having won a major title in the Argentina jersey. At 32, he played four finals with his selection (World Cup 2014 and Copa America in 2007, 2015 and 2016), but always failed on the last step.