UEFA strongly denies inviting Argentina to Nations League after COPA America showing
UEFA strongly denies inviting Argentina to Nations League after COPA America showing
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UEFA strongly denies inviting Argentina to Nations League after COPA America showing

European football's governing body, UEFA, has denied reports that it has invited Argentina to play in the UEFA Nations League. 

This comes after Argentina's elimination from the COPA America tournament, which sparked angry reactions from the players led by captain Lionel Messi.

Messi was sent off during the third-place clash against Chile, which came after his outburst following their 2-0 loss to hosts Brazil in the semifinals.

"There is no truth whatsoever in the suggestion that Argentina has been asked to participate in UEFA competitions, nor to become a member of UEFA. UEFA has never entered into any discussions on this matter and would never do so," read a statement from the body. 

"However, in the spirit of friendship and camaraderie and as an inclusive organization, UEFA will, of course, invite Argentina as special guests to watch any UEFA competition at any time,"  further read the statement. 

La Albiceleste's 26-year wait for silverware has been extended after their latest failure, while Messi is also still awaiting his first piece of silverware at the international level.

The Barcelona star further refused to pick the third-place winners' medal, further slamming CONMEBOL and calling them 'corrupt'.

His actions were largely condemned by Brazil boss Tite, who called him 'disrespectful'. 

"The one I treated as extraordinary, as extraterrestrial, needs to have more respect and accept when he is beaten," Tite said of Messi post-match after winning the title. 

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