Recently, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) has officially filed an appeal for Messi’s red card at Copa America 2019.
Messi has just gone through the Copa America 2019 which is very forgettable when he cannot help Argentina win the championship. Not only that, Messi also made fans remember the red card to receive in the third match against Chile.
If Messi’s red card remains the same, the striker will face a penalty of being banned from playing in the 2022 World Cup qualifying area of South America, which is about to start. Recently, La Nacion newspaper of Argentina has confirmed that the Football Association of this country (AFA) has officially filed to the Discipline Committee of the South American Football Association (CONMEBOL) to appeal on Messi’s red card.
Messi was disqualified in the third match of the Copa America 2019
The Argentinian Football Association argues that Messi did not provoke Medel. Therefore, the Barcelona star did not deserve a red card from Paraguayan referee Mario Diaz de Vivar. AFA also said that the referee made a mistake by not consulting VAR before withdrawing the card.
Currently, CONMEBOL has not yet made a decision on the penalty for Messi. However, the Argentine team should probably be prepared for the worst case scenario. There may be no Messi in the first match in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in South America.
The 2022 World Cup is can be delayed due to COVID-19 pandemic
A member of the UEFA executive committee said the Covid-19 pandemic could affect the 2022 World Cup plan in Qatar.
World football is currently in an indefinitely delayed state due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Some top European leagues such as the Netherlands and France have even announced the cancellation of the 2019/20 season results.
With so many questions still unanswered, World-Professional Player Association (FIFPro) Secretary-General Lars-Christer Olsson acknowledged that national level tournaments could be interrupted in two to three years including the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is expected to take place in the winter
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is currently scheduled to take place from November 21 to December 18, 2022. This will undoubtedly cause the league in Europe to be delayed for a month before Christmas.
Olsson also said the European Football Association (UEFA) is planning to complete the Champions League and Europa League this season in August.