Lionel Messi has been banned from international football for three months because of accusations of corruption he made at Copa America event recently. Football body CONMEBOL said that it fined the superstar in 50,000 dollars for his comments after Argentina’s win against Chile in the third-place playoff of the tournament in July. Messi was sent off in Argentina’s 2-1 third-place play-off win over Chile and later said the “cup was fixed for Brazil”. Messi has seven days to appeal Conmebol’s decision to suspend him.
The ban means that the Messi will not play for Argentina matches in September against Chile and Mexico, plus another two in October versus Germany and another adversary to be picked. Neither Messi nor Argentina’s soccer association have made comments about CONMEBOL’s decision. Messi is already suspended from the first match of the South American World Cup qualifiers next March due to the red card he received against Chile.The Argentine was sent off for only the second time in his career after a shoving match with Chile midfielder Gary Medel, who also was ejected.
After Argentina’s 2-0 loss to Brazil in the semifinals, Messi had complained against Copa América referee. When asked if he feared being suspended for his comments, the footballer said ” truth needed to be told.”