Lionel Messi hits out at corruption in Copa America

Last Updated: Jul 07 2019 13:35
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FOOTBALL- Lionel Messi who on Saturday was given the second red card of his career has hit out at corruption and referees that are preventing people from enjoying Copa America.

Argentina defeated Chile 2-1 in the third place play off but the game will be remembered for the send offs.

Messi and Chile captain Gary Medel were shown red cards eight minutes from half-time after tangling on the goalline.

“Medel always goes to the limit, but it wasn’t a red card for either of us. He (the referee) could have consulted VAR,” said Messi after the win.

“Corruption and the referees are preventing people from enjoying the football and they’re ruining it a bit,” the global star added.

Messi had also spoken against the referees during Argentina’s 2-0 semi-final loss against Brazil, accusing the hosts of getting preferential treatment.