CONMEBOL bans Lionel Messi for three months
New Delhi : Argentina's star footballer Lionel Messi has been handed over a three-month ban from international football by CONMEBOL, a governing body of South America's football.
Messi has been banned over his comments made during Copa America game. Along with the ban, he has also been handed over a fine of USD 50,000.
Messi will now miss three friendly matches to be played against Chile (September 5), Mexico(September 10) and Germany (October 10); in addition to the one-match World Cup qualifying ban for being sent off, reported Goal.com.
On July 6, during a match against Copa America, Messi was handed over a red card in the 37th minute of the match. The video footage showed that Medal was clearly the aggressor and the decision of the referee was challenged by Messi, who had walked off the field after the incident.
He even blasted CONMEBOL, saying the whole tournament was set up for Brazil's win and even went on to say that he does not want to be a 'part of this corruption'.
"There is no doubt, the whole thing is set up for Brazil. I hope the VAR and referees don't play any part in the final and that Peru can compete but it looks tough to me. 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," Messi had said.