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Lionel Messi faces a half-year ban from COMMEBOL

Lionel Messi faces a half-year ban from COMMEBOL

The South American Football Federation (CONMEBOL) is considering increasing the penalty against Lionel Messi after he criticized the Argentine's bad comments towards the referees and 2019 Copa America organizers.

As it is known, the South American Football Federation (CONMEBOL) has issued a one-match ban with an amount of $ 1,500 for Messi because of inappropriate behavior at the 2019 Copa America held in Brazil.

Specifically, Lionel Messi gave a speech criticizing the referee and the Copa America organizers after Argentina's defeat to Brazil in the semi-finals. The 32-year-old striker has arranged to organize the tournament to help the homeowner win the championship.

In the third match against Chile, Messi was red carded by the referee after colliding with Medel on the opponent's side. After this match, Argentina football team's captain proceeded to prosecute the referee to retaliate for criticism after the semifinals. Not stopping there, No. 10 refused to go to the podium to receive the bronze medal.

According to sources from Mundo Albiceleste and TyC Sport, CONMEBOL's Discipline Committee has just reopened the investigation to consider increasing penalties for Messi. The final decision will be made early next week. According to the charter, Messi's behavior can be banned for up to 6 months.

In case of receiving the highest penalty, Messi will be absent in a series of friendly matches of the Argentina team. In September, Albiceleste will play friendly against Mexico (September 5th) and Chile (September 10th) in the United States. After that, they will meet Germany in October, Saudi Arabia and Brazil in November.