Peru coach Galeca answers to Messi: 'If you speak of corruption, you must have convincing evidence'
- The Argentinean insisted the 2019 Copa America was 'set up for Brazil to win'.
- The Selecao eventually beat Peru 3-1 in the final.
- However, the opponents' coach doesn't completely believe in Messi's corruption allegations.
Lionel Messi's infamous rant targeted at the Copa America officials is still widely discussed by other South American representatives. He accused the CONMEBOL of corruption and insisted that the tournament was 'set up for Brazil to win'.
Naturally, the Selecao players didn't like his statements following their 3-1 final win over Peru. Moreover, even Brazil's opponents Peru's head coach, Ricardo Gareca, claims after the game he doesn't support Messi's harsh words.
Diario AS quote the boss as saying: "Messi is an authoritative voice, that does not mean I agree with him. I respect him a lot - not just the player but the person. He seems to be very focused. But apart from the opinion we have of Messi, we can agree or disagree with him."
He finishes up: "There are good things in Europe, but we also have good things in South American football, too. I would like to defend South American football. If you speak of corruption, you must have convincing evidence. Football is a game and an individual can go wrong."
There are rumours Messi could face a two-year international ban for insulting the South American governing body.