Messi Suspension Reversed Ahead Of World Cup Qualifiers
Argentine star player, Lionel Messi won’t miss any game for his country as the suspension handed to him due to the red card given at the 2019 Copa America has been reversed.
The president of the Argentine Football Association, Claudio Tapia confirmed this today Friday, September 11, 2019.
The 33-year-old was controversially sent off in a Copa America playoff against Chile in July, after a clash with Gary Medel in the 37th minute thereby earning a one-game ban. The argentine was visibly angered by the decision of the referee, he said;
There is no doubt, the whole thing is set up for Brazil,
I hope the VAR and referees don’t play any part in the final and that Peru can compete but it looks tough to me.
I did not want to be part of this corruption, 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.
I always tell the truth and I’m honest, that is what keeps me calm if what I say has repercussions that are not my business.
I think that what happened is because of what I said [against Brazil]. What I said last time perhaps came back to haunt me.
Messi who was supposed to sit out a competitive match against Ecuador and Bolivia next month will be competing in the match as the FA president, Tapia has successfully challenged the outstanding ban stating that the statute of limitations on the ban had expired.