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Accuses CONMEBOL of corruption after red card

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The Barcelona star got involved in a bust-up with Chile captain Gary Medal in last summer’s Copa America.

It occurred when the ball had gone behind for a goal-kick. Things got quite ugly between the pair, in fact, before the referee dismissed them.

But a furious Messi made things worse for himself afterwards by failing to show-up for Argentina’s medal presentation afterwards.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner then left reporters stunned by openly accusing the South American football governing body, CONMEBOL, of corruption.

Apparently, the entire Copa America was set-up for hosts Brazil to win.

“I did not want to be part of this corruption,” said Messi via Fox Sports.

“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.”

CONMEBOL later retaliated by slapping a three-month ban from international football for Messi.