UEFA have dismissed claims they have offered ARGENTINA a route into European football.
Lionel Messi blasted “corrupt” South American football chiefs after his red card in the Copa America third-placed play-off win over Chile.
Messi and the rest of Lionel Scaloni’s squad were convinced they had been robbed by a failure to use VAR properly in the semi-final defeat by Brazil.
That led to claims that Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin had sought to take advantage of the turmoil and invite Argentina to take part in the next Nations League tournament, due to be held in the 2020-21 season.
It was even suggested that the Argentine FA had been asked to consider leaving Conmebol, the South American confederation, and joining Uefa, given how many of the team’s star players are based in Europe.
That last idea was fanciful but the possibility of a potentially final international showdown between Messi and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer of 2021 was intriguing.
Uefa, however, have now acted swiftly to emphatically knock down the concept before it developed any momentum.
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In a statement issued from the organisation’s headquarters in Nyon, Uefa said: “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.
“However, in the spirit of friendship and camaraderie and as an inclusive organisation, UEFA will, of course, invite Argentina as special guests to watch any UEFA competition at any time.”
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