Messi rages at the referee after Copa America semi-final “It was bullsh*t!”
Lionel Messi appeared unusually angry against the referee after Argentina’s 2-0 defeat to Brazil on Tuesday in the Copa America semi-finals. The attacker expressed his rage against the Ecuadorian referee Roddy Zambrano’s decision.
Messi was particularly angry that Argentina was not awarded a penalty before Brazil’s second goal but that was only one of a number of complaints.
After the Game, the Barcelona superstar stated:
“They were not better than us. They found the net early and the second goal came from a penalty they didn’t award.”
“The officiating was crazy. There were clear penalties, on [Nicolas] Otamendi, on ‘Kun’ [Sergio Aguero].“
“They [the officials] had called a lot of bulls**t, but they didn’t even check the VAR, that’s unbelievable.”
“That happened all over the game. At the first glance of contact, they ruled in their [Brazil’s] favor and this kind of bulls**t distracted us from the game.“
“Throughout the tournament, they called bulls**t handballs, bulls**t penalties, and bulls**t fouls. But somehow today, they refused to use VAR.”
The Argentinian finally appealed to the South American authorities to put an end to this kind of “homemade” arbitration, as he said during the Copa America semi-final.
“There are no excuses for us, but we need to review this, analyze it and let’s hope CONMEBOL does something about it – but surely not because Brazil commands too much power in the organization.“
Coming out of a second international retirement, after the elimination against France at the 2018 World Cup, “La Pulga” does not intend to put away the blue and white jersey again this time. “If I have to keep helping in any way, I will. I feel good in this group. We have a good new generation, which has shown that they love the team. We have a bright future ahead of us, with good young people who need time. We have to respect them,” said Messi, who should, therefore, be present for the 2020 edition of the Copa America, co-organised by Argentina and Colombia.