Argentina star Lionel Messi banned for three months after corruption claim

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Lionel Messi has been banned from playing global matches for Argentina for three months after claiming the Copa America was "corrupt".

The Barcelona and Argentina captain said his side had suffered "corruption" at the tournament in Brazil after being sent off in a third-place playoff.

After the match, Messi did not appear with his team-mates to collect a medal, sparking questioning from reporters.

Messi criticised the officiating and members of CONMEBOL last month following Argentina's semifinal loss to Brazil and after the third-place match against Chile, but later apologised for his statements.

- CONMEBOL announced on August 2, 2019, a ban on Messi for three months and a $50,000 fine after the Copa America outburst against the organization.

Messi has seven days to appeal the decision, reports Xinhua news agency.

The football legend was interviewed by TyC Sports and the World Cup victor had nothing but good words to say about Lionel MESSI.

Messi is already suspended from the first match of the South American World Cup qualifiers next March because of the apparently undeserved red card he received against Chile.

His claims were initially backed by the Argentine Football Association, only for Conmebol to return fire by suggesting that the accusations were "unfounded" and 'represent a lack of respect'. The corruption and the refs didn't allow the people to enjoy and football is ruined.

In effect, the revised punishment would mean that Lionel Messi will be serving three-month suspension from Friday implying he would not be able to play for Argentina in the friendly matches against Chile, Mexico and Germany.

But it has now been confirmed that he will serve a three month worldwide suspension.

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