Messi banned, fined for Copa America red card

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Lionel Messi has been handed a standard ban and fine after his red card during Argentina's 2019 Copa America win over Chile in the third-place play-off.

Messi, 32, will serve a one-match suspension after his altercation with Gary Medel, also sent off, during Argentina's 2-1 victory earlier this month.

In a statement on Tuesday, CONMEBOL also confirmed the Barcelona star had been fined $2,150, with no appeal possible.

The single judge of the disciplinary tribunal confirmed "the automatic suspension imposed on the player Lionel Andres Messi, not agreeing on any additional suspension" while imposing the $2,150 fine.

Messi, controversially sent off, railed against "corruption" and "a lack of respect" following his red card.

His statements angered the governing body, which hit back at what it felt were "unfounded accusations", but he still hasn't copped any punishment for them.

The Argentina captain claimed: "There is no doubt, the whole thing is set up for Brazil.

"I did not want to be part of this corruption, we shouldn't have to be part of this disrepect we suffered during the Copa America.

"We could have gone further but we weren't allowed into the final.

"Corruption, referees and all the rest stopped people from enjoying the football.

"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.”

Source Omnisport