Messi banned for one game for Copa America red card


  • Football
  • Wednesday, 24 Jul 2019

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Copa America Brazil 2019 - Third Place Play Off - Argentina v Chile - Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo, Brazil - July 6, 2019 Argentina's Lionel Messi reacts after being shown a red card by referee Mario Diaz de Vivar REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli/File Photo

ASUNCION (Reuters) - 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 levelling accusations of "corruption" at South American soccer chiefs.

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

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