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Lionel Messi Banned from Argentina games for rest of 2019

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Argentina captain Lionel Messi has been banned from international football for three months after claiming the Copa America was "corrupt". The ban and a fine of $50,000 (N19,000,000 aprox) was handed down by CONMEBOL for his controversial comments made during the Copa America.

The Barcelona superstar accused South America's football governing body (CONMEBOL) of corruption following the red card he received in Argentina's 2-1 third-place playoff win against Chile.

Messi will miss friendly matches 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.

Messi has seven days to appeal Conmebol's decision to suspend him.

Following Argentina's 2-0 semi-final defeat by hosts Brazil, the Argentine Football Association complained about "serious and gross refereeing errors"In response, Conmebol said accusations questioning the integrity of the Copa America were "unfounded" and "represent a lack of respect".

Messi was shown a red card in the 37th minute against Chile, following a clash with Gary Medel, who was also dismissed.

We don't have to be part of this corruption. They have showed us a lack of respect throughout this tournament. Sadly, the corruption, the referees, they don't allow people to enjoy football, they ruined it a bit. ~ Messi

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