Lionel Messi has been handed three-month suspension and £41,000 fine following his controversial comments about Copa America.
He accused the South American governing body CONMEBOL of being ‘corrupt’ just after Argentina won their third-place play-off against Chile.
After the 32-year-old failed refused to be on the pitch for the medal ceremony.When asked why he didn’t show up, Messi told reporters: ‘There is no doubt, the whole thing is set up for Brazil.
‘I did not want to be part of this corruption, we shouldn’t have to be part of this disrespect we suffered during the Copa America.
We could have gone further but we weren’t allowed into the final. Corruption, referees and all the rest stopped people from enjoying the football.
‘I always tell the truth and I’m honest, that is what keeps me calm if what I say has repercussions that is not my business.’
CONMEBOL hit back at him with an official statement describing his comments as ‘unacceptable.’
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has been given a fine of £41,000 and three-month suspension that will restrict him from playing for Argentina again this year.