OFFICIAL: Messi receives punishment for his red card against Chile
- During the 2019 Copa America tournament, the Argentinean sensationally stated the competition was set up for Brazil to win it.
- He was at risk of facing a two-year ban from international football.
- This Wednesday, CONMEBOL have officially handed Messi just a one-match suspension and $1500 fine.
UPDATE: As ESPN FC sources have confirmed, this punishment is only for the red card Messi received against Chile.
Now it's official. Lionel Messi has finally received punishment from CONMEBOL after his infamous rant targeted at the Copa America organizers almost a month ago. The Argentinean publicly stated that the competition was set up for Brazil national team to win it as he also accused the governing body of the South American football of corruption.
Messi was at risk of facing a TWO-YEAR complete ban from international football. In fact, his punishment is much lighter. As CONMEBOL have stated on Wednesday's early morning, the Argentinean icon will only miss ONE match due to suspension. He is also obliged to pay $1500 fine. Sounds affordable for the best player in the world?
Last month, Messi claimed after the 2-0 Copa America semi-finals defeat to Brazil that the whole tournament is 'set up' for the Selecao to win it. Eventually, Messi was sensationally sent off in the third-place playoff against Chile while Brazil scooped the trophy.
That's what Messi said after the red card incident as he didn't even show up to collect his bronze medal. He explained his decision: "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."