Messi slams referees, corruption after Copa America red card

Arnold Nichols
July 8, 2019

Following Argentina's 2-1 win over Chile in which he received a red card in the first half after a physical incident with Gary Medel, Messi was furious and did not hold back.

In a niggly and fractious match, five-time Ballon d'Or victor Messi and Chile captain Gary Medel were given their marching orders eight minutes from half-time after tangling on the goalline.

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor was involved in a tangle with Chile captain Gary Medel in which Messi appeared to do nothing wrong, but both players were given their marching orders by referee Mario Diaz de Vivar.

It's only the second time in his Argentina career that MESSI would be sent off, the first coming in his national team debut.

The striker walked off the field bemused.During the medal receiving ceremony, Messi did not show up on the field and he did not take any part in the ceremony.

Both players were worthy of a yellow card, but the referee bizarrely gave both men a straight red card.

He suggested the red card had been punishment for those comments.

With Argentina 2-0 up, Medel didn't take too kindly a slight nudge in the back from Messi as the ball rolled out of play.

Sergio Agüero and Paulo Dybala scored early for Argentina, and Arturo Vidal put Chile on the board with a second-half penalty kick.

"For what we played and because we were superior to Brazil, we deserved to be in the final tomorrow".

Argentina lost 2-0 to Brazil in the semi-final of the competition, with La Albiceleste lodging an official complaint for the officiating in that tie.

When asked about his thoughts on Sunday's final, Messi said: "Hopefully the referees and the VAR won't influence things and they let Peru compete, but I think that's unlikely". "The lack of respect that they have showed us throughout this tournament". "I hope that the VAR and the referees have nothing to do in this final and that Peru can compete because they have the team to do so although I think it's hard".

"In football, sometimes you lose and sometimes you win", the statement said.

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