Lionel Messi is facing a potential two-year ban from international football following his comments made after Argentina's victory over Chile in the third-place playoff at Copa America.

Argentina were beaten in the semi-final by fierce rivals Brazil who went on to go and beat Peru in Sunday's final.

Messi was sent off in the third-place playoff for a clash with Chile's Gary Medel, in which the former Cardiffmidfielder appeared to be the aggressor.

But the referee gave both players their marching orders and Messi spoke of his disgust after the match - suggesting the competition was set up for Brazil to win.

Messi said: "There is no doubt, the whole thing is set up for Brazil. I hope the VAR and referees don't play any part in the final and that Peru can compete but it looks tough to me.