Messi received a red card due to a clash with Gary Medel for a loose ball.
The Barcelona forward accused referees of “corruption”, following their failure to win the tournament
Speaking after the match, Messi said:
It’s a play that happens a lot. [Medel] always plays to the limit. I think the referee overreacted. With a yellow card for both of us, everything would be over.
I feel lot of anger because I think I did not deserve that red card because I think we were playing a very good game.
We were ahead, but, as I said recently, unfortunately, there is a lot of corruption, the referees. … We leave with the feeling that they did not allow us to be in the final, that we were ready for better.
Brazil’s match and today’s match were our two best performances, but then when you are sincere, you say things and these things happen.