Tempers were flaring early into the third-place game of the 2019 Copa America tournament, resulting in a double red card for the captains of the two competing teams.
Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Chile’s Gary Medel were battling for the ball in the 37th minute of Saturday’s contest when Messi appeared to stomp on Medel’s heal near the goal line. Once the ball rolled out of play, Medel swiveled around and got in Messi’s face, chest bumping him a couple of times before players and game officials came to break up the scuffle — leading one official to whip out the red card for both players.
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Messi and Medel were both sent off as a result of the altercation. Argentina still walked away with the 2-1 win, despite Messi’s absence.
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