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The Maracana will host the Copa America final between Brazil and Peru

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"It's unacceptable that as a result of incidents that are a regular part of competition ... unfounded and untrue accusations have been launched that call into question the integrity of the Copa America", said CONMEBOL in a statement posted on its social media accounts.

Messi was left fuming at the CONMEBOL organisation and refused to collect his third-place medal after accusing the referee of favouring Brazil in their semi-final loss.

The backlash in Argentina continues following the controversial red card awarded to Lionel Messi in the Copa América third-place play-off, and the VAR concerns during the semi-final elimination to Brazil.

"Said accusations represent a lack of respect for the competition, all the football players involved and the hundreds of professionals of CONMEBOL, institution that since 2016 has been tirelessly working to transparent, professionalize and develop South American football", it read.

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The hosts will play the victor of Wednesday's semifinal between Chile and Peru in the final.

Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro kept quiet in regards to Messi's comments following his side's 3-1 victory in the final over Peru, telling the press, "Those with a mouth can say what they want".

As it happened during the third-place playoff between Argentina and Chile, Messi's mood grew further incensed after he was handed the first red card in his worldwide career.

Medel responded by force and pushing his face into Messi's as the two players argued before the referee reached, showed them red card and dismissed both of them from the match.

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Willian felt pain during Tuesday's 2-0 win over Argentina at the Mineirão Stadium in Belo Horizonte. He said he was protesting against the refereeing and "corruption" in the Copa America.

Yet both were dismissed by Diaz de Vivar. "It's about details. We knew it would be scrappy and that there would be wind-ups and time wasting".

As Brazil celebrated and posed for photos with their trophy, they were joined by the country's far right President Jair Bolsonaro, a deeply divisive figure who has been accused of making racist, sexist and homophobic comments.

"We don't have to be part of this corruption", Messi told reporters. "Sometimes in defeat, we try to focus on other people. It'll be a very hard final".

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