The South American football confederation (CONMEBOL), has replied Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, saying his allegation of corruption at the 2019 Copa America, is unacceptable.
Messi had said that Argentina were not treated fairly at the tournament in Brazil, even claiming that hosts, Brazil, were set up to lift the trophy.
The Barcelona star was sent off towards the end of the first half of Saturday’s third-place play-off in Sao Paulo against Peru, following a squabble with midfielder Gary Medel, who was also shown a red card.
However, CONMEBOL, who did not particularly mentioned Messi’s name in their statement, also said the comments were disrespectful.
More so, only the Argentina star has criticized officiating at the competition so far.
In response, the continental body said questioning the integrity of the Copa America is “unacceptable” and that a “fundamental pillar of fair play is to accept the results with loyalty and respect”.
“The same goes for refereeing decisions, which are human and will always be improvable”.