Lionel Messi has been given three-month suspension and £41,000 fine following his controversial comments about Copa America tournament.
The Barcelona superstar and Argentine striker accused the South American governing body CONMEBOL of being ‘corrupt’ just after Argentina won their third-place play-off against Chile.
He was shown a straight red card against Chile for clashing with Gary Medel on the pitch of play last month. The 32-year-old also refused to be on the pitch for the medal ceremony.
When asked why he didn’t show up, Messi told reporters: ‘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 disrespect 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.’
CONMEBOL hit back at him with an official statement describing his comments as ‘unacceptable.’
They initially hit him with a one-match ban but have now added more severe punishment.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has been given a fine of £41,000 and three-month suspension that will restrict him from playing for Argentina again this year.
Drogba sends message to Tammy Abraham And Chelsea’s Youngsters
Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba has hailed striker, Tammy Abraham following his impressive form at the start of this season.
He also disclosed that Abraham learnt from him in training during his time at Stamford Bridge.
Abraham has scored seven goals in five Premier League games at the beginning of the campaign, but Drogba believes the 21-year-old took inspiration from senior players, adding that he was not surprised with Abraham’s great form this term.
“Yeah, I’ve known him [Abraham] since he’s been like this,” Drogba was quoted by Sky Sport as saying.
“These are kids we used to see, they used to come and watch us training, and I believe they learned a little bit of our skills, how we read the game.
“So, you know, we’re not surprised because I also trained with them when I used to train with the reserve team.
“It was always a moment for me to give away some skills, some knowledge, and they learnt really fast, really quick.
“So once again, I’m not surprised with what I’ve seen [with Abraham].”
Drogba added: “I think he (Lampard) is focusing on Chelsea and it happens that he needs to work on young players, to give them a chance.
“Being an ex-player from the club, it helps a lot because we’ve seen all these kids when we were training.
“So, you know, you have to give them a chance and when you do, they deliver.
“They’ve been performing. Of course, there will be maybe a lack of experience in big games like Champions League but I’m not worried.
“I’m really happy with the work that Frank is doing right now. And the fans, and the people who know football, they understand.”
Cristiano Ronaldo vows to marry girlfriend Georgina Rodríguez
Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he will marry his stunning girlfriend Georgina Rodríguez.
According to the Juventus striker, he is very confident about marrying Georgina because she has helped him so much, and it would be his mother Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro‘s dream.
Speaking to Piers Morgan, he said: ‘She helped me so much. Of course I’m in love with her. We’ll be (married) one day, for sure. It’s my mum’s dream as well.’
‘So, one day. Why not? It’s great. She’s my friend. We have conversations. I open the heart for her and she opens the heart for me.’
The Portuguese striker and the Spanish beauty who havebeen dating since 2016 welcomed a daughter Alana Martina, 12 months last year. Ronaldo also has son Cristiano Jr, eight, and twins Eva and Mateo, two, with surrogate mothers.
‘He walked up to me naked’ – NFL star Antonio Brown accused of Sexual Harassment by another woman
Newly signed New England Patriots player, Antonio Brown has been accused by another woman of sexual harassment.
Last week, a former trainer, Britney Taylor accused the seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver and one of the NFL’s most prolific pass-catchers of the past decade of raping her in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday, September 10.
In a new report, a woman who claims Brown hired her to paint a mural on a wall of his Pittsburgh-area home has accused him of sexual harassment. While at Brown’s residence, the woman alleges the receiver sexually harassed her as she painted his mural in 2017.
Speaking with Sports Illustrated, she said :
“He was flirty with me but I paid him no mind because I was there on business, plus, I had already seen him with multiple girls in the short time I was with him. I was about 40% done on the second day, and I’m on my knees painting the bottom, and he walks up to me butt-ass naked, with a hand cloth covering his [penis] and starts having a conversation with me.”
Brown’s new accuser says she never filed a police report or took action against Brown and doesn’t plan to pursue legal action in the future, according to the reports.
“The woman is not pursuing charges or remuneration, though she was bothered by his behavior.”
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