Leo Messi sent off for just the second time in 14 years vs Chile/Barcelona star complains about ‘corruption’

Argentina 2 – Chile 1

Argentina finished the 2019 Copa America in third place.

That’s after La Albiceleste beat Chile 2-1 in the third-placed playoff on Saturday.

Goals from Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala put Argentina 2-up.

Arturo Vidal scored a second-half penalty for Chile.

Both sides ended the match with ten men, after Leo Messi and Gary Medel were sent off in the 38th minute.

Why Leo Messi was sent off vs Chile

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.

Why Leo Messi was sent off vs Chile (1)

Why Leo Messi was sent off vs Chile (2)

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.

Why Leo Messi was sent off vs Chile (3)

Why Leo Messi was sent off vs Chile (4)

Leo Messi sent off for just the second time in 14 years

This was just the second time that Leo Messi has been sent off in his career.

For the record, Messi has never been sent off while playing for Barcelona.

Messi’s only other red card came on his Argentina debut against Hungary.

Barcelona’s Messi complains about ‘corruption’

After the match, Messi fumed about his dismissal.

Moreover, Messi refused to take part in the medal ceremony at the end of the match. He said:

It’s a play that happens a lot. [Medel] always plays to the limit. I think the referee overreacted. With a yellow card for both of us, everything would be over.

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. Brazil’s match and today’s match were our two best performances, but then when you are sincere, you say things and these things happen.

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