Messi hit with 3-month worldwide ban for ref rant

Messi hit with 3-month worldwide ban for ref rant

The latest ban will see Messi miss out of Argentina matches up to November, meaning the playmaker will be a no-show in worldwide matches.

Messi avoided the Copa America medal ceremony in protest and later said Argentina "shouldn't take part in this corruption".

Star Argentina football player Lionel Messi will not be able to represent Argentina in any football fixture before the month of November after the South American Football Confederation, CONMEBOL, banned him for three months for his "corruption" remarks at Copa America 2019.

He was sent off in his side's 2-1 win over Chile in the competition's third-place play-off and later said the Copa America was "fixed for Brazil" - the eventual tournament winners, who had beaten Argentina in the semi-final.

South American football confederation CONMEBOL also handed the five-time Ballon d'Or victor a $50,000 (€45,000) fine.

The ban will prevent the Barcelona forward from participating in four worldwide friendlies in September and October, including an exhibition against Germany in Dortmund on October 9.

Neither Messi nor Argentina's football association have made comments about CONMEBOL's decision. The corruption and the refs didn't allow the people to enjoy and football is ruined. He will also be banned from the first 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification match.

Messi criticised the officiating and members of CONMEBOL last month following Argentina's semifinal loss to Brazil and after the third-place match against Chile, but later apologised for his statements.

"I always tell the truth and I'm honest, that is what keeps me calm, if what I say has repercussions that is not my business".

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