‘Unacceptable & unfounded’ – CONMEBOL respond to Messi’s corruption allegations

Lionel Messi and Argentina have been the centre of attention at the 2019 Copa America for all the wrong reasons. However, Messi stirred the pot recently by claiming foul play on behalf of CONMEBOL. The federation has now responded.

CONMEBOL, the governing body of football in South America has released a statement after several allegations were levied against them. Most notably, Lionel Messi had accused the footballing body for corruption, following Argentina’s lacklustre Copa America campaign.

“In football sometimes you win and sometimes you lose and accepting the outcome of a match with loyalty and respect is a fundamental pillar of fair play. Same goes to the refereeing decisions, that are human and will never be perfect.

“It’s unacceptable that because of incidents proper to the competitions, where 12 Nations competed in, all in equal condition, there have been unfounded accusations that misrepresent the truth and put to judgement the integrity of Copa America.

“Said accusations represent a lack of respect for the competition, all the football players involved and the hundreds of professionals of CONMEBOL, institution that since 2016 has been tirelessly working to transparent, professionalize and develop South American football,” Read the statement.