- José Luis Chilavert has backed Lionel Messi by attacking the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL)
- Chilavert stated clearly that the football body designed the 2019 Copa America for Brazil to win
- The 53-year-old has however urged the players to come together and boycott the organization
Legendary goalkeeper Jose Luis Chilavert has defended Argentina international Lionel Messi over the comment he made against the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL).
Lionel Messi was livid after Brazil defeated his country in the semifinal of the 2019 Copa America in which he claimed that officials supported the hosts.
The Barcelona star was also sent off in the next game after an altercation with Chile skipper Gary Medel in which Messi claimed probably he was punished for his comment.
Former Paraguayan goalie José Luis Chilavert has now urged the players to come together to boycott the organization which he believes is "killing football".
"Undoubtedly, this Copa America was prepared for Brazil to become champions.
"CONMEBOL is killing football. Why would they sanction Messi, if we live in a democratic world? The players need to unite and boycott CONMEBOL.
"The issue of the VAR came to legalise the corruption that exists in football in South America, the company that manages the VAR was in the FIFA Gate. What makes me laugh is that they say 'Chilavert was right,'' he said according to Mundo Deportivo.
Meanwhile, there are reports that Lionel Messi could be banned for for two years following his outburst against the organizers of the Copa America.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Brazil international Thiago Silva slammed Lionel Messi for his comments towards officiating at 2019 Copa America and thereby urged the Argentine to show respect.
Lionel Messi expressed his annoyance twice at the just concluded 2019 Copa America in Brazil in their match against the hosts and also the third place tie against Chile.
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