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Messi Fined $1500 And Given One-game Ban By CONMEBOL For Copa America Red Card & ‘Corruption’ Outburst
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Messi Fined $1500 And Given One-game Ban By CONMEBOL For Copa America Red Card & ‘Corruption’ Outburst

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Lionel Messi has been handed a game ban as well as a $1500 fine by CONMEBOL post-Copa America.

The Argentina captain will miss his country's next game after being slapped with a ban for the red card he received against Chile during the Copa America third-place match.

Also, he would pay a fine of $1500 fine for inflammatory comments he made about the organizers.

Messi claimed there was "corruption" within the federation relating to the Copa America tournament and that the tournament was set up for Brazil to win.

"There is no doubt, the whole thing is set up for Brazil," Messi said in relation to the controversial VAR decisions that went against Argentina in the semi-final loss to Brazil.

"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 this disrespect we suffered during the Copa America.

"We could have gone further but we weren't allowed into the final. Corruption, referees and all the rest stopped people from enjoying the football."

CONMEBOL responded to the claims by the Barcelona forward in a statement, accusing the player of a "lack of respect".

Messi doesn't seem disturbed by both the fine and ban as he uploaded a photo of him and his family enjoying his holiday moments after the sanction was announced.