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Messi gets WC qualifier ban for Copa red card

Lionel Messi doesn't feel he should've seen red for the Gary Medel altercation and feels Argentina should've been in the Copa America final.

Argentina captain Lionel Messi has received a one-game suspension from World Cup qualifying after a controversial red card at this summer's Copa America in Brazil.

The Barcelona star was also handed a $1,500 fine for criticising the tournament's refereeing and the quality of the pitches. Argentina was eliminated 2-0 by the hosts and eventual champions in the semifinals.

Messi was given the red card in the third-place match after bumping chests with Chile's Gary Medel, which triggered the automatic...

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Lionel Messi made every football-mad kid's dream come true for one 11-year-old when he joined him for a kickabout on the beach.

Mackenzie O'Neill, from London, was kicking his ball on the sand on a recent vacation in Antigua when he looked up and saw...

Report: Argentina request Messi red rescinded

Steve Nicol and Paul Mariner are in agreement Lionel Messi should not have seen red for the incident against Gary Medel.
Alejandro Moreno believes Lionel Messi may have endeared himself to the Argentina fans, but was 'irresponsible' for his comments that could land him a ban by CONMEBOL.
Gabriel Jesus said Lionel Messi was wrong to question the authorities following Argentina's semifinal defeat to Brazil in Copa America.
Lionel Messi doesn't feel he should've seen red for the Gary Medel altercation and feels Argentina should've been in the Copa America final.
Steve Nicol says it would be a fitting end to Lionel Messi's Argentina career if he wins the 2020 Copa America on home soil.

The Argentina Football Association (AFA) want Lionel Messi's red card rescinded, according to reports in the country.

La Nacion newspaper have claimed the AFA have requested, in a written letter to South American football's governing body CONMEBOL, that the referee's decision be overturned.

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Messi was sent off by referee Mario Diaz de Vivar after clashing with Chile's Gary Medel in Argentina's Copa America third-place playoff on July 7. It was his first...

How Copa America could shape 2022 World Cup hopes for South American nations

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno says Brazil came together and proved that they were the best team at the Copa America despite Neymar's absence.
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In the Copa America final on July 7, Everton gave Brazil the lead, and Paolo Guerrero equalised for Peru before the hosts sealed a 3-1 win. Just three days later, both were in action for their clubs in the quarterfinals of the Brazilian Cup.

Once domestic football starts up, international tournaments are quickly brushed into the past, but it would be a mistake to do that to the Copa America. This year's tournament does not represent the end of a process; rather, it kicks off a new competitive...

Messi snubbed in Brazil-laden Copa Best XI

Alejandro Moreno believes Lionel Messi may have endeared himself to the Argentina fans, but was 'irresponsible' for his comments that could land him a ban by CONMEBOL.
Lionel Messi doesn't feel he should've seen red for the Gary Medel altercation and feels Argentina should've been in the Copa America final.

Argentina star Lionel Messi was not included among the 2019 Copa America Best XI that was released on Tuesday, even though he led the tournament in several notable offensive categories.

Five Brazilians, two Peruvians and one player each from Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay and Chile made the cut for the all-star squad that was selected by the coaches of South American Confederation CONMEBOL.

Brazil won their ninth Copa America title on Sunday with a 3-1 victory over Peru, while Argentina finished...