Sent off for the second time in his career, during Argentina’s 2-1 win against Chile in the third-place play-off, Lionel Messi rained criticism on CONMEBOL ,stating Copa set up for Brazil.
Messi refused taking part in the ceremony, after the game as he took lead in media headlines more for his outbursts against organizers Brazil and CONMEBOL than his exploits on the pitch.
And when he finally addressed reporters from the stadium he launched a withering condemnation of the competition’s organization in supposed favor of the hosts.
“There is no doubt, the whole thing is set up for Brazil,” he began.
“I did not want to be part of this corruption, we shouldn’t have to be.
“I always tell the truth and I’m honest, that is what keeps me calm, if what I say has repercussions that is 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. With a yellow card that was the end of it.”
The Argentine captain had criticized the playing surfaces at the Copa America following his side’s last-eight win against Venezuela, labelling the pitches “shameful” after a subdued performance.
However, the aftermath of Tuesday’s defeat prompted him to let loose, incensed by the failure of match official Roddy Zambrano to refer two penalty calls to VAR in Brazil’s 2-0 victory.
“They were not better than us. They found the net early and the second goal came from a penalty [to Aguero] they didn’t award,” Messi told reporters.
“They [the officials] had booked a lot of bullsh*t, but they didn’t even check the VAR, that’s incredible.
“That happened all over the game. At the first glance of contact, they ruled in their [Brazil’s] favour and this kind of bullsh*t distracted us from the game.”