​The South American football federation may take matters into their own hands and ban Lionel Messi for two years following the Argentine's comments on being sent off against Chile in the Copa America third place play-off.


Messi had refused to collect his third-place medal and had said, “The Copa is set up for Brazil, hopefully the referees and the VAR won't influence things and they let Peru compete, but I think that's unlikely.”


The ​Barcelona legend had previously also spoken about "bullshit refereeing" after Argentina were knocked out by Brazil in the semi-final.


​AS report that Messi’s comments could now see him face a severe punishment from CONMEBOL, whose rules prohibit insulting the federation in any means or manner towards its institutions or personnel.




Where the governing body do decide to take action, Messi could face a ban of up to two years, which would see him miss not just the qualification for World Cup Qatar 2022, but also the Copa America 2020 in Argentina and Colombia.


Meanwhile, ​CONMEBOL were shocked at Messi's statements and released their own response calling them 'unacceptable'.


The CONMEBOL statement continued: “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."