12BET News: Lionel Messi on respect at Copa America

Brazil’s Coach Tite answered back on Messi after stating the competition was corrupt and saying the cup’s fixed for Brazil. (Check 12BET for giving out the best Free Betting Tips)

Messi was given a red card at the 37th mark against Chile with his encounter with Gary Medel, which was also ousted.

“The one I treated as extraordinary, as extraterrestrial, needs to have more respect and accept when he is beaten,” Tite said after Messi’s post-match. “We were harmed [by the referees] in several games. We played fair against Argentina the whole time.

“I am being honest. He put huge pressure [on] because of his reputation.”

While unhappy with Messi’s conduct, Tite does believe the Argentine captain shouldn’t have been sent off against Chile.

“He was expelled in an unfair way. It was Medel,” Tite said. “For him, it was a yellow card, at max.”

However, Brazil was also reduced to 10 men in the second half when Jesus was sent off in their final match against Peru. (Sign Up for the latest sports news and events)

Tite said Brazil had also had to deal with decisions going against them, including the harsh handball call on Thiago Silva that led to Peru’s equaliser from the spot.

“We were hampered in a series of games, including the World Cup, so be very careful. I’m responding directly, I’m responding to the greatness he has,” he said.

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