Lionel Messi was left annoyed and frustrated after being sent off for only his second time in the third place Copa America play off final.
So disappointed by the refereeing, he boycotted the medal ceremony out of protest claimed it was corruption that Argentina were not treated fairly (cbcsports).
Messi was red carded after being embroiled in a first half shoving match with Chile midfielder Gary Medel and it saw both players being shown the door.
Messi was quoted after the match and said;
“There was lack of respect toward us during this Copa America,”.
“We could have done better, but they didn’t let us make it to the final. Corruption and the referees are not letting the fans enjoy football. This is ruining football.”
It is not unfair to suggest that there is corruption going on in the game and Messi hinted that the result was expected because the hosts were allegedly in charge of South American soccer.
“Maybe what I said last time played a part today,” Messi said.
“A yellow card should have been enough for both players.”
South America’s soccer confederation have released a statement condemning the “unacceptable” and “baseless accusations” that discredited the Copa America’s integrity.
“In football, sometimes you lose and sometimes you win,” the statement said.
“One of the fundamental pillars of fair play is to accept the results and the refereeing decisions with respect.”
Messi, who is coming to the end of his international career has never won major honours with Argentina.
It is the only stain on a glittering career and it is looking unlikely he will be able to rectify it.