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Messi banned from international football for three months



Lionel Messi

Argentina superstar, Lionel Messi has been handed a three-month ban and has also been fined $50,000 by Conmebol, the South American Football Confederation.

The disciplinary action was taken by the football house on the Barcelona forward after he claimed that the COPA America was “corrupt”.

His comments came after he was sent off in Argentina’s 2-1 third-place play-off victory over Chile at the recently-concluded continental showpiece, and he later said the “cup was fixed for Brazil.”

“We don’t have to be part of this corruption,” Messi said after his red card.

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“They have showed us a lack of respect throughout this tournament.

“Sadly, the corruption, the referees, they don’t allow people to enjoy football, they ruined it a bit.”

Messi has seven days to appeal Conmebol’s decision to suspend him.

The ban means Messi will miss Argentina’s upcoming friendlies against Chile, Mexico and Germany in September and October.

Argentina’s qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup begins in March 2020.

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