The rumor started on Fox Sports Argentina and rapidly gained traction all over the world, but the European governing body has denied the reports.
Lionel Messi was sent off during the Third Place match of the 2019 Copa America.
And after the match, the Argentinean superstar was angry, saying the CONMEBOL is a corrupt organization.
This fueled many rumors around the world that the footballer would get a heavy ban for attacking the South America organization.
And then Fox Sports Argentina said this might cause the Albicelestes to say no to playing the next Copa America edition: 2020.
Reporter Daniel Avellaneda was so sure of this, he said Argentina was invited by UEFA to play in the Nations League, starting in the lowest position available, Group D.
And then the world went crazy.
But no, the Argentineans were not invited to the competition, and on a UEFA press release published by Give Me Sport -which has not been found in any official UEFA platform- the European governing body has denied the rumors.
“There is no truth whatsoever in the suggestion that Argentina has been asked to participate in UEFA competitions, nor to become a member of UEFA,” they wrote according to Give Me Sport.
“UEFA has never entered into any discussions on this matter and would never do so.”
“However, in the spirit of friendship and camaraderie and as an inclusive organization, UEFA will, of course, invite Argentina as special guests to watch any UEFA competition at any time,” they concluded.
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