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Lionel Messi is banned from international competition for three months

Lionel Messi is banned from international competition for three months

The South American Football Federation increased the penalty for Argentina captain Lionel Messi after the meeting on August 2nd.

BBC said, the South American Football Federation (Conmebol) has severely punished Lionel Messi for statements after the 2019 Copa America match between Argentina and Chile. Superstar who is wearing Barca shirt is banned from international competition for three months and fined 50,000 USD. The decision took effect on August 2.

Messi's criticism is considered "unfounded" and "disrespectful", according to a spokesman for Conmebol. The Golden Ball owner has seven days to appeal the continental union's decision.

Argentina football started the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier from March 2020. Therefore, Messi can still attend from the beginning of the campaign. He missed only three friendly matches of "La Albiceleste" in 2019, including Chile (September 5th), Mexio (September 10th) and Germany (October 10th).

Compared to the penalty a week ago, Conmebol's decision to justify it was stronger. Earlier, the Argentine superstar was banned from playing one match, due to the red card received at the match against Chile, with a fine of 1,500 USD.

Messi played unsuccessfully in the 2019 Copa America. He only scored one goal from 11m, while Argentina lost to Brazil in the semifinals. After this match, the 32-year-old superstar accused the tournament of being negative, and "Brazil is scheduled to win".

After winning Chile in the match third-place match, Messi refused to receive a medal. He also said that being red carded in the match against Chile was the result of previous statements. At the interview after the match, the Argentine captain called the Copa America 2019 "corruption tournament".