Lionel Messi: Argentina Captain, Banned From International Football For Three Months
Argentina captain Lionel Messi has been banned from international football for three months after claiming the Copa America was “corrupt”.
Messi has also been fined $50,000 (£41,121) by CONMEBOL, South American football’s governing body. He has seven days to appeal the decision.
The ban means Messi will miss Argentina’s upcoming friendlies against Chile, Mexico and Germany in September and October.
Messi is also suspended for Argentina’s first South American World Cup qualifier next March due to the red card he received for clashing with Chile’s Gary Medel.
Messi was shown a red card in the 37th minute against Chile, following a clash with Gary Medel, who was also dismissed.
“We don’t have to be part of this corruption,” Messi said. “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.”