‘Messi was disrespectful’ – Alves criticises long-time Barcelona team-mate following Copa America corruption claims
The Brazil full-back hit out at his former team-mate following a series of controversial comments in the wake of Argentina’s Copa America campaign
Messi hit out at CONMEBOL and the tournament as a whole following the semi-final defeat and once again after Argentina’s third-place clash with Chile, a match that saw the Barcelona star sent off under dubious circumstances.
Messi suggested the officials had been favouring the tournament hosts throughout the competition.
The Argentinian forward was particularly critical of the efforts from the Video Assistant Referee and match official Roddy Zambrano, as he used a post-match interview to criticise the decision to not award a penalty to Sergio Aguero.
He once again was critical following a red card in the third-place match, as Messi was sent off for a confrontation with Chile midfielder Gary Medel in which Messi was far from the aggressor.
The claims were slammed by CONMEBOL, who called Messi’s rant “unacceptable”after the forward railed against “corruption” and “a lack of respect” following his red card against the two-time reigning champions………read more