Leo Messi sent off vs Chile
July started badly for Leo Messi.
Argentina finished off their participation at the 2019 Copa America by beating Chile 2-1 in the third-place playoff.
However, both sides finished the game with just ten men, after Leo Messi and Gary Medel were sent off in the 38th minute.
Messi and Medel collected red cards after a coming-together as the ball ran out of play.
Messi appeared to nudge Medel as the ball trickled over the line in an aggressive move.
Medel reacted badly, pushing the Argentina and Barcelona star.
That sparked a mini-ruckus, which ended up with red cards for both Messi and Medel.
Video: Leo Messi vs Gary Medel
Messi og Medel utvist.
Fryktelig strengt av dommeren? 🧐 pic.twitter.com/AyZU7Yxwd5
— Viasport Fotball (@ViasportFotball) July 7, 2019
Messi & Argentina lodge appeal
On Tuesday, Argentine paper La Nacion have confirmed that Messi and La Albiceleste have appealed Messi’s red card vs Chile.
The AFA have made their appeal to the Conmebol Disciplinary Unit.
— LA NACION (@LANACION) July 16, 2019
The main argument presented is that Paraguayan referee Mario Díaz de Vivar should only have shown Messi a yellow card.
It’s claimed that Messi wasn’t aggressive towards Medel, and thus the Barcelona star didn’t deserve his dismissal.
It’s also claimed that the official made a mistake in failing to consult VAR before brandishing the cards.
Challenging the World Cup qualification ban
Should Messi’s red card from the Chile clash be upheld, the forward is only likely to be banned for the start of Argentina’s 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign.
In their appeal against Messi’s dismissal, the AFA have also tried to affect the terms of the possible ban.
La Nacion confirm that the appeal included a request for Conmebol to allow Messi’s suspension to be effective in Argentina’s next friendly match, which is against Chile on September 5th, 2019.
Alternatively, the AFA want Conmebol to agree that Messi should only serve his suspension at the 2020 Copa America.
How will Conmebol react?
The AFA and Leo Messi should probably prepare themselves for bad news regarding their appeal.
That’s after Messi alleged that the Copa America had been ruined by “corruption”.
— AS English (@English_AS) July 7, 2019
Moreover, Messi refused to take part in the medal ceremony at the end of the match. He said:
I feel lot of anger because I think I did not deserve that red card because I think we were playing a very good game. We were ahead, but, as I said recently, unfortunately there is a lot of corruption, the referees.
We leave with the feeling that they did not allow us to be in the final, that we were ready for better.