The South American Soccer Confederation stated that questioning the integrity of the Copa America was "unacceptable" after Lionel Messi claimed that Argentina had been a sufferer of "corruption" when his 2-1 victory over Chile.

Messi noticed the pink in the direction of the tip of the primary half of his match for third place in Sao Paolo and refused to participate within the medal ceremony.

The Barcelona star was dismissed following a confrontation with former Cardiff midfielder Gary Medel, who was additionally offered with a pink card.

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Evidently Messi was manhandled, as Chilean defender Medel appeared to lean his head towards the Argentinian playmaker as he straightened up, chest to chest.

The Argentine captain hinted that he had been singled out on account of his feedback on the "loopy" officiating following the 2-Zero semi-final defeat towards Brazil, in Belo Horizonte.

"We don’t have to be a part of the corruption we suffered on this match," stated Messi, quoted by the Spanish media AS.


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"Medel is all the time proper on the restrict. With a yellow, that will have been the tip for each of us, however hey, perhaps what I stated just lately had an affect.

"The essential factor is that the staff completed the match nicely. Possibly it was ordered and I ended up struggling due to what I stated. "

The day after, CONMEBOL declared that "a basic pillar of truthful play is to simply accept the outcomes with loyalty and respect."

Though the identify of Messi will not be talked about, the assertion states that: "The identical goes for arbitration selections, that are human and can all the time be improvable.

"It’s unacceptable that typical incidents of competitions involving 12 groups, on an equal footing, launch unfounded accusations that lack reality and forged doubt on the integrity of the Copa America.

"These accusations symbolize a scarcity of respect for the competitors, all of the collaborating gamers and the lots of of execs of CONMEBOL, an establishment that, since 2016, has labored tirelessly to make clear, skilled and develop South American soccer. "

Messi had helped the group Sergio Aguero, Manchester Metropolis striker, to attain a aim early within the sport, and Argentina led 2-Zero because of Paulo Dybala.

Chile had the chance to return again within the sport on account of one other controversial VAR criticism. A penalty was imposed after referee Giovani Lo Celso fouled Charles Aranguiz. Arturo Vidal kicked in two.

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