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Lionel Messi suspended for three months in national team
Lionel Messi in the Copa America semi-final, against Brazil on August 2 in Belo Horizonte. PEDRO UGARTE / AFP

We do not attack the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) with impunity. The message sent Friday, August 2 to Lionel Messi is clear. The captain of the Argentina team wins a three-month suspension in national selection for his critics formulated at the Copa America in July. The five-time Golden Ball will not be able to play his team's matches until early next November, but he will be eligible for the South American qualifying campaign at the 2022 World Cup. Will start in March 2020, except for the first match for which he is suspended.

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The FC Barcelona striker, who turned 32 in June, is also fined $ 50,000. He had shown a great recovery after receiving a red card in the match for the third place of the Copa America against Chile (2-1). "I did not come [à la remise des médailles] for a variety of reasons. Because we must not be part of this corruption, this lack of respect. We are fed up ( € |) corruption, referees and everything that spoils the show "said the FC Barcelona scorer in the mixed zone of the Sao Corinthians Arena Corinthians.

Polemical remarks to repetition

It is this red card, the second of his career, which deprives him of the first elimination game at the World Cup scheduled in Qatar in 2022.

Messi had already been signaled by polemical remarks in the semi-final lost to Brazil (2-0). "They used to whistle during this Cup, heavy mistakes, and today they have not even consulted the VAR, but hey, the Brazilian was playing at home, they have a lot of power at Conmebol and that complicates things. ", the Argentinean captain launched on July 2 at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte.

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Apart from the U20 World Cup in 2005 and the 2008 Olympic Games, the "Pulga" (the chip in Spanish), packed with trophies at the Barça, still has not title winner with Albiceleste, having notably failed four times in the final, at the 2007, 2015 and 2016 Copa America and at the 2014 World Cup.

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