2019 Copa América

Copa América: Messi rages against referee

Leo Messi accused the referee of bias after Argentina crashed out of the Copa America with a 2-0 semi-final loss to Brazil. Leo Messi felt a number of decisions went against his side in Belo Horizonte as goals from Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino in each half put Brazil through to a final against Chile or Peru. Messi was particularly aggrieved Argentina were not awarded a penalty by referee Roddy Zambrano immediately prior to Brazil’s second goal but that was only one of a number of complaints. The 32-year-old told reporters: “They were not better than us. They found the net early and the second goal came from a penalty they didn’t award. “The officiating was crazy. There were clear penalties, on (Nicolas) Otamendi, on ‘Kun’ (Sergio Aguero). “He ...

Neymar rape allegation, the real story

PSG and Brazilian “superstar” Neymar has denied an accusation that he raped a woman in Paris. According to a police report filed in São Paulo, the woman alleges that the attack took place in a hotel in the French capital, where Neymar plays for Paris St-Germain (PSG). According to police documents, the woman – who has not been named – got to know Neymar on Instagram and he suggested they meet in Paris. The Footballer  provided her with an air ticket from Brazil to France and a reservation at a luxury hotel in Paris. When Neymar came to the hotel on 15 May, he was “apparently drunk”, the woman alleges. After conversation and embraces, “at some point, Neymar became aggressive, and through violence, engaged in sexual intercourse against the will of the victim”, the police document...

Barack Obama offers advice to ‘wonderful’ Messi

The Argentine’s performances have always gained attention from the world’s biggest stars – even renowned politicians have had their say Former United States president Barrack Obama has said Argentina have failed to win the World Cup in recent times, despite having the superlative Lionel Messi in their ranks, because they do not play as a team. The 57-year-old gave a rare interview on football when at the EXMA Conference in Bogota and offered an insight on one of the planet’s top talents. Messi and Argentina, of course, failed to win the World Cup in 2018 and after a disappointing group stage, crashed out in the first knock-out round when they came up against eventual winners France. That comes after the South American giants, and two-time world champions, lost in the fina...

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