Lionel Messi has been controversially despatched off in Argentina’s 2-1 win over Chile within the Copa America third-place play-off in Sao Paulo.
For a match that didn’t imply a lot, there was so much happening as Argentina defeated Chile 2-1 to complete third within the Copa America.
It ended with Lionel Messi despatched off and boycotting the medal ceremony to protest the refereeing.
“We shouldn’t participate on this corruption,” the unusually outspoken famous person mentioned.
“There was lack of respect towards us throughout this Copa America.
“We may have accomplished higher however they didn’t allow us to make it to the ultimate. Corruption and the referees aren’t letting the followers get pleasure from soccer. That is ruining soccer.”
Messi had already complained concerning the refereeing after Argentina’s semi-final loss to Brazil, hinting the end result was anticipated.
He mentioned he additionally anticipated Brazil to win Sunday’s last towards Peru, claiming it was already arrange for the hosts’ victory.
When requested if he feared being suspended for his feedback, Messi mentioned “the reality wanted to be advised”.
He was despatched off after getting concerned in an altercation in a tense third-place recreation between the rivals from the final two finals of the South American competitors.
Veteran Chile midfielder Gary Medel additionally was pink carded after the first-half shoving match with Messi on the Enviornment Corinthians.
Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala scored early for Argentina and Arturo Vidal put Chile on the board with a second-half penalty kick.
It was a heated match from the beginning in Sao Paulo, with many laborious fouls from either side and altercations involving a number of gamers.
None was larger than the one sparked by the Messi-Medel confrontation within the 37th minute.
It began when Medel wasn’t joyful Messi got here in from behind to attempt to acquire possession.
The Chilean rotated to confront the Argentine star, who didn’t again down.
They began to stumble upon one another with their chests and shoulders and Paraguayan referee Mario Diaz de Vivar instantly despatched each gamers off.
“A yellow card ought to have been sufficient for each gamers,” Messi mentioned.
Argentina opened the scoring after Messi shortly took a free kick with an extended via ball to Aguero, who went previous goalkeeper Gabriel Arias earlier than discovering the online within the 12th minute.
Dybala added to the lead with a shot from inside the realm within the 22nd and Vidal gave Chile hope of a restoration by changing a penalty awarded by video evaluation within the 59th.