MX23RW : Thursday, April 23 01:21:33| >> :120:10965:10965:
Jul 6, 2019 at 8pm UK at Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo
Attendance: 44,269
Aguero (12'), Dybala (22')
Messi (37')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Vidal (59' pen.)
Medel (37')

Lionel Messi facing two-year ban for 'corruption' comments?

Messi facing two-year ban for 'corruption' comments?
© Reuters
Lionel Messi could potentially be banned from representing Argentina for two years after alleging that the match officials at the Copa America were corrupt.

Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is reportedly facing a two-year ban from international football for comments made after his country's Copa America meeting with Chile.

The 32-year-old was sent off in Saturday's third-place playoff match in Sao Paulo after a coming together with Gary Medel.

Messi was unhappy with the decision and alleged that the tournament officials heavily favoured hosts Brazil, who beat Argentina in the semi-finals en route to lifting the trophy.

"There is no doubt the whole thing is set up for Brazil," Messi said at the weekend, prior to Brazil's victory over Peru in the final.

"I hope the VAR and referees don't play any part in the final and that Peru can compete but it looks tough to me.

"I did not want to be part of this corruption. We shouldn't have to be part of the disrespect we suffered during the Copa America."

According to The Mirror, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner could now be facing a lengthy suspension from representing La Albiceleste.

CONMEBOL regulations prohibit 'insulting in any means or manner CONMEBOL, its institutions or personnel', with those found guilty of doing so at risk of a two-year ban.

That would see Messi miss the 2020 Copa America, as well as qualification for the 2022 World Cup.


Click here for more stories about Lionel Messi

Click here for more stories about Barcelona

Share this article now:
Brazil coach Tite celebrates after winning the Copa America on July 7, 2019
Read Next:
Tite criticises Lionel Messi over 'corruption' claims
Latest Sports Video
Did you know...?
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free daily transfer newsletter! Sent twice a day during the transfer window.

rhs 2.0
2Real Madrid27168349193056
4Real Sociedad27144945331246
6Atletico MadridAtletico271112431211045
10Athletic Bilbao2791082923637
12Real Betis2789103843-533
15Real Valladolid27611102333-1029
17Celta Vigo27511112234-1226

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!