Lionel Messi Given A Straight Red Card For 'Headbutt' Incident Against Chile

Lionel Messi and Gary Medel have both received straight red cards after an altercation in the Copa America tie between Argentina and Chile.

It appears that Messi was on the receiving end of a headbutt from Medel.

But the referee ran over and handed out a red card to both men in the 37th minute - a questionable decision, to say the least.

It has since emerged that Messi and Medel would be suspended for the 2020 Copa America games - not the World Cup.

Lionel Scaloni's side have been embroiled in controversy during the 2019 Copa America, especially in last week's tie against Brazil.

The referee refused to use VAR's advice for two crucial penalty incidents in the semi-final match.

After the game, the Argentine Football Association request to have access to the audio between the VAR team and Zambrano.

Argentina captain Messi launched a scathing attack on the "bulls**t" refereeing decisions in his post-match interview.

"They were not better than us. They found the net early and the second goal came from a penalty [to Sergio Agüero] they didn't award," the Barcelona superstar told reporters.

"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] favour and this kind of bulls**t distracted us from the game."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Argentina are currently 2-0 up in the third place play off after goals from Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala in the first half.

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Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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