Argentina talisman Lionel Messi could face a two-year ban from international matches governed by CONMEBOL due to his corruption comments on the South American footballing body.
Messi did not have the kind of Copa America many expected him to have as he could only score one goal and provided an assist. His solitary goal of the competition was a penalty against Paraguay at Belo Horizonte.
Argentina’s run in the tournament came to an end following a 2-0 defeat to Brazil in the semifinals. Messi had a forgettable ending to the tournament as he was showed a straight red card in the third place playoff against Chile following a clash with Gary Medel. Even though Medel seemed the aggressor, the referee Mario Diaz de Vivar sent off both players. This was Messi’s second red card of his entire career so far, his first coming back in 2005 during his international debut against Hungary.
“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. Corruption, referees and all the rest stopped people from enjoying the football.”
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“I always tell the truth and I’m honest, that is what keeps me calm, if what I say has repercussions that is not my business. I think that what happened is because of what I said [against Brazil]. What I said last time perhaps came back to haunt me. With a yellow card that was the end of it.”