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Lionel Messi handed with one match suspension for Copa America red card

Argentina captain and Bacelona striker "Lionel Messi" has been hit with a one-game suspension by the South American football Association over his dismissal during the Copa America third-place play-off against Chile earlier this month.
It was recalled that Lionel Messi was harshly handed a red card in the first half of the game which later Argentina defeated Chile with a 2-1 after a clash with defender Gary Medel.
Television images and VAR revealed Lionel Messi was at fault as Medel appeared to repeatedly try, unsuccessfully, to headbutt the Barcelona forward. But the Paraguayan referee Mario Diaz de Vivar controversially also gave Lionel Messi his marching orders.
The CONMEBOL's disciplinary committee banned Lionel Messi with "an automatic one-match suspension," and the suspension could not be appealed by the Argentine Football Association (AFA).
This suspension definitely means the Argentine captain will miss the first of Argentina's qualification matches for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, due to be played in March. He was also fined with the sum of $1,500.
"Corruption and the referees are preventing people from enjoying the football and they're ruining it a bit," Lionel Messi ranted after the Chile match.
The suspension announcement came after CONMEBOL, earlier on Tuesday, sanctioned AFA president "Claudio Tapia" for his abusive words on Ecuadoran referee Roddy Zambrano, who had refused to consult VAR over the two Argentine penalty claims in their 2-0 defeat to Brazil.
Tapia had hit out at "serious and gross refereeing mistakes" while questioning whether "the principles of ethics, loyalty and transparency" had been observed during the match.
The CONMEBOL stripped Tapia of his role as the regional body's representative on the FIFA executive committee.

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