3-month suspension and $50,000 fine to Messi for talking about corruption in Conmebol
The problem began with the expulsion of Lionel Messi in a Copa América match, the Argentine team faced Chile in a match that would define third place in the cup. His annoyance actually expressed the discomfort of many players and led him to make direct and serious accusations against Conmebol as a corrupt body.
Hours ago the measures against Messi were announced: A 3-month suspension covering friendly matches and a $50,000 fine. By having a date for his reinstatement at the beginning of November of this year, Messi will be able to participate in the qualifiers for the 2020 Copa América.
Messi can appeal the suspension of three months
From the Conmebol they have made it clear that the measure can be appealed by the footballer up to a maximum of seven consecutive days from the moment of its announcement.
Many say that the punishment is exaggerated and seems to aim more to contain criticism for fear than to apply some kind of justice. The criticisms of Messi, although strong, are reduced to the phrase: "We do not have to be part of this corruption and the lack of respect that was done throughout this cup." Such were his verbatim words.
Messi has expressed discomfort on many occasions about the actions of Conmebol, but it had never been so direct and crude, however, it has been pointed out that the body did not apply the greatest possible penalty in its regulations, which could have left the Argentine star up to 2 years without stepping on the courts.