Argentina soccer famous person Lionel Messi was suspended Friday from worldwide matches along with his nationwide group for 3 months after he accused Copa América organizers of corruption.
Soccer physique CONMEBOL mentioned Messi was additionally fined $50,000 for his remarks that got here simply after Argentina’s 2-1 win towards Chile within the third-place playoff of the event in July.
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Messi mentioned the event organizers had been “corrupt” and the cup itself was “fixed for Brazil” to win, sparking an uproar within the soccer world.
“We don’t have to be part of this corruption,” mentioned Messi as he averted the medal ceremony. “They have showed us a lack of respect throughout this tournament.”
“Sadly, the corruption, the referees, they don’t allow people to enjoy football. They ruined it a bit.”
“Sadly, the corruption, the referees, they don’t allow people to enjoy football. They ruined it a bit,” he added.
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The 32-year-old Argentine — who performs membership soccer for Spain’s FC Barcelona — additionally complained towards Copa América refereeing after Argentina’s 2-Zero loss to Brazil within the semifinals. He additionally dismissed the issues that he may very well be suspended for the remarks, saying “the truth needed to be told,” although he later despatched an apology to the soccer federation.
Messi and Argentina can enchantment the choice that stops him from taking part in within the upcoming friendlies towards Chile, Mexico and Germany in September and October.
However he’s additionally already suspended from the primary match of the South American World Cup qualifiers subsequent March due to the pink card, which he claims was undeserved, that he obtained towards Chile.
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He was despatched off for less than the second time in his profession after a shoving match with Chile midfielder Gary Medel, who additionally was despatched off the pitch.
The Related Press contributed to this report.