Lionel Messi accused CONMEBOL of ‘corruption’ after being proven the second purple card of his profession in Argentina’s 2-1 win over Chile which noticed them clinch third place on the 2019 Copa America.
Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala gave Argentina a two-goal benefit inside 22 minutes on the Area Corinthians in Sao Paulo earlier than Messi was given his marching orders on the finish of the primary half.
I didn’t go to the rostrum as a result of we shouldn’t be a part of the corruption and lack of respect,’ he stated.
‘We have been meant for extra however they didn’t allow us to be within the last. The corruption and the refs didn’t enable the folks to take pleasure in and soccer is ruined.
‘The corruption and the referees didn’t enable us to be within the last. You must say the reality.’
He added: ‘Brazil champions? Little doubt. Sadly, I feel it’s arrange for Brazil.
‘Hopefully the refs and VAR may have nothing to do with it and Peru will be capable to compete as a result of they’ve the staff to do it.
‘However I see it as tough.’