Published: Sun, August 04, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Lionel Messi suspended from Argentina for 3 months for corruption comments

Lionel Messi suspended from Argentina for 3 months for corruption comments

"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". "Corruption and the referees are preventing people from enjoying the football and they're ruining it a bit", Messi had said after the third-place match against Chile in which he was shown a red card.

That game was rather interesting with Messi being sent off for what looked to be no reason.

The latest ban will see Messi miss out of Argentina matches until November, meaning the playmaker will play no role in global matches against Chile and Mexico in September and Germany in October, alongside one Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifier.

Argentina must do without superstar Lionel Messi for three months after he was given a ban and handed a 50,000-dollar fine after alleging bias in the Copa America, South American governing body CONMEBOL said Friday.

Following Argentina's 2-0 semi-final defeat by hosts Brazil, the Argentine Football Association complained about "serious and gross refereeing errors".

Football fans won't be seeing Lionel Messi in a Argentina shirt for quite some time.

The Barcelona star will now miss upcoming friendlies against Chile, Mexico and Germany later this year.

While CONMEBOL did not release details of why Messi was being suspended, in a statement on their website they said the punishment was related to articles 7.1 and 7.2 of their disciplinary regulations.

Messi was shown a straight red card against Chile after clashing with Gary Medel at the start of July in Brazil.

Messi and Argentina still have one week to appeal the decision, which stops the striker from playing in four friendlies this year.

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