Argentina and Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has been banned from international football for three months after claiming the Copa America was “corrupt”.
According to BBC, Messi was also fined $50,000 (£41,121) by Conmebol, the South American Football Confederation.
The five-time Ballon d’ Or winner has seven days to appeal Conmebol’s decision to suspend him.
The ban means Messi will miss Argentina’s upcoming friendlies against Chile, Mexico and Germany in September and October.
Argentina’s qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup begins in March 2020.
Following Argentina’s 2-0 semi-final defeat by hosts Brazil, the Argentine Football Association complained about “serious and gross refereeing errors”.
In response, Conmebol said accusations questioning the integrity of the Copa America were “unfounded” and “represent a lack of respect”.
The 32-year old was sent off in Argentina’s 2-1 third-place play-off win over Chile and later said the “cup was fixed for Brazil”.
“We don’t have to be part of this corruption,” Messi said. “They have shown us a lack of respect throughout this tournament.
“Sadly, the corruption, the referees, they don’t allow people to enjoy football, they ruined it a bit.”
Anthony Joshua Replies Deontay Wilder Over Criticism On Ruiz Fight
Heavyweight boxing champion of the world, Anthony Joshua has replied his rival, Deontay Wilder who criticized him for his ‘weak winning mentality’ against Andy Ruiz.
Recall that Deontay Wilder claimed that Joshua’s win over Ruiz was like that of a ‘weak champion’, saying he ran around the ring to avoid being knocked out by Ruiz.
Reacting to Wilder’s statement, Joshua said;
“That’s Wilder’s opinion.” A lot of people don’t have a good bone in their body to say a positive thing anyway. I outboxed the heavyweight champion of the world for 12 rounds. I don’t think I lost a round. Maybe one
“I come in there with a great game plan, I’m successful. Isn’t that good enough?
“You can’t box to keep everyone happy; you have to box for the win. And I feel like when I’m at home celebrating, he’s there talking about negativity. Negative energy breeds failure so I’m just going to keep a positive mindset and build on that victory”.
Ancelotti Sacked By Napoli
Napoli have sacked Carlo Ancelotti as manager despite securing qualification for the Champions League knockout stages after a 4-0 win over Genk.
The 60-year-old former Chelsea, AC Milan, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich manager – who has won the Champions League three times – has been dismissed as a result of Napoli’s poor domestic form.
Napoli sit seventh in Serie A and their win against Genk was their first in 10 matches in all competitions.
A club statement read: “SSC Napoli has decided to revoke the role of first-team coach from Mr Carlo Ancelotti.
“The rapport of friendship, admiration and reciprocal respect between the club, its President and Carlo Ancelotti remain intact.”
Both Arsenal and Everton have been linked with the former Chelsea boss as they both search for a new manager, and now have the opportunity to move for the Italian veteran.
Chelsea Through To Champions League Last 16
Tammy Abraham tapped home a fine team goal as Chelsea saw off Lille 2-1 at Stamford Bridge to reach the Champions League’s last 16.
England hitman Abraham notched his 13th Chelsea goal in all competitions this term, with Cesar Azpilicueta heading in from Emerson’s corner.
Former Blues striker Loic Remy blasted in an impressive late strike but Chelsea rebuffed the Lille comeback to seal their place in the knockout stages.
Abraham applied the finishing touch to a crisp five-man move to light up a dank west London night, as Chelsea responded admirably to Frank Lampard’s pre-match challenge.
Frustrated boss Lampard had called on his faltering young stars to show tougher “personality” in the wake of Saturday’s 3-1 Premier League loss at Everton.
Chelsea entered Tuesday’s Lille clash with just one win in five matches, with Lampard facing the first tangible test of his Stamford Bridge managerial reign.
The Blues’ former England midfielder had pulled no punches in demanding more character from his developing squad.
And in free-scoring striker Abraham Lampard has just the type of personality player around whom he can build the Blues’ future.
Abraham himself appears quite happy to shoulder the burden of leading Chelsea’s charge under Lampard, openly embracing the number nine shirt at the age of 22.
Lampard will hope bigger and better European nights await his youthful charges, but considering Chelsea lost their opening Group H clash at home to Valencia he will be delighted just to make the knockout phase this term at all.
Chelsea eased into rhythm from the off, Christian Pulisic, Emerson and N’Golo Kante all going close before the hosts broke the deadlock.
The move of the match yielded the opener, as Chelsea turned a set move into an eye-catching team goal.
Lille defender Jeremy Pied insisted the visitors were not in London for a glorified training session, having been unable to qualify for the next phase of either the Champions or Europe League.
So instead it was Chelsea who turned Stamford Bridge into the training paddock, with Abraham tapping home to cap an inch-perfect move.
Mateo Kovacic dropped into the left back slot to angle a lofted ball to Kante, who had tiptoed up to the centre forward berth.
The Frenchman chested down straight into the path of the onrushing Pulisic, who drove infield from the left and fed Willian cutting in from the right.
The Brazil forward checked down the line, cut back a low ball to the near post – and Abraham did the rest with a smart finish.
The five-man move smacked of a plan often rehearsed in preparation but rarely executed so crisply in battle.
When captain Azpilicueta headed in Emerson’s corner just past the half hour, Chelsea were in total control and already eyeing the knockout stages.
The Blues bossed the second-half’s opening exchanges with no joy, and were left with a nervy end to the night when Remy lashed home late on.
The former Blues striker thumped home a fine finish to put Chelsea’s progression in jeopardy, and then even fluffed a great chance to dump the hosts out of the competition.
Chelsea held out though, for a morale-boosting and ultimately deserved win.