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Lionel Messi suspended from Argentina for 3 months for corruption comments

/ 02:15 PM August 03, 2019
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(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 06, 2019 Argentina’s Lionel Messi leaves the field after he and Chile’s Gary Medel were sent off during the Copa America football tournament third-place match at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil. – CONMEBOL announced on August 2, 2019, a ban on Messi for three months and a $50,000 fine after the Copa America outburst against the organization. “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. (Photo by Douglas MAGNO / AFP)

ASUNCION, Paraguay — Football body CONMEBOL suspended Lionel Messi from international matches with Argentina for three months because of accusations of corruption he made at the latest Copa América.

The South American body also said Friday that it fined the superstar in $50,000 for his comments after Argentina’s 2-1 win against Chile in the third-place playoff of the tournament in July.

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Messi and Argentina can still appeal the decision, which stops the striker from playing in four friendlies this year.

The 32-year-old will not play for Argentina matches in September against Chile and Mexico, plus another two in October versus Germany and another adversary to be picked.

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Neither Messi nor Argentina’s football association have made comments about CONMEBOL’s decision.

Messi is already suspended from the first match of the South American World Cup qualifiers next March because of the apparently undeserved red card he received against Chile.

The Argentine was sent off for only the second time in his career after a shoving match with Chile midfielder Gary Medel, who also was ejected.

Messi avoided the medal ceremony in protest and later said Argentina “shouldn’t take part in this corruption.”

The Argentinian also said the tournament was set for hosts Brazil to win.

Messi had already complained against Copa América refereeing after Argentina’s 2-0 loss to Brazil in the semifinals.

When asked if he feared being suspended for his comments, he said “the truth needed to be told.” Messi later sent an apology to CONMEBOL for his remarks.

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