Argentina soccer superstar Lionel Messi was suspended on Friday at his international matches with his national team for three months after accusing those who were corrupt in the Copa América organization.
CONMEBOL’s soccer body said Messi was also fined $ 50,000 for his comments that came after Argentina’s 2-1 win over Chile in third place in the playoffs in July.
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Messi said the organizers of the tournament were “corrupt” and the cup itself was “fixed for Brazil” to win, causing a stir in the soccer world.
“We don’t have to be a part of this corruption,” Messi said as he avoided the medal ceremony. “They have shown us a great deal of disrespect for this whole contest.”
“Sadly, the corruption, the referees, they don’t allow people to enjoy football. ruined it a bit.” He added.
– Lionel Messi
The 32-year-old Argentine – who plays club soccer for Spain’s Barcelona – has complained against refereeing Copa América after Argentina’s 2-0 defeat to Brazil in the semifinals. He also dismissed concerns that he could be suspended for comments, saying “the truth needs to be said,” though he later sent an apology to the soccer federation.
Messi and Argentina may appeal the decision to stop him from playing in upcoming matches in Chile, Mexico, and Germany in September and October.
But he was also suspended in the first game of the South American World Cup qualifiers next March due to a red card, which he says he should not have received in the Chile match