Messi banned for one game for Copa America red card

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Messi banned for one game for Copa America red card
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Messi was shown the red card after clashing with Gary Medel and afterward alleged that the tournament had been fixed in favor of the hosts Brazil, who beat Argentina in a controversial semi-final on their way to claiming the title.

Argentina captain Lionel Messi has been banned for one game and fined $1,500 after being sent off against Chile in the Copa America third-place playoff and leveling accusations of “corruption” at South American soccer chiefs.

Messi was shown the red card after clashing with Gary Medel and afterward alleged that the tournament had been fixed in favor of the hosts Brazil, who beat Argentina in a controversial semi-final on their way to claiming the title.

Messi called the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) “corrupt” and did not attend the ceremony to pick up his medal.

CONMEBOL said on Tuesday that Messi’s comments were “unacceptable” but backed down from imposing a tougher sanction on the five-times world player of the year.

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