Brazil coach, Tite, has disclosed that he was told to shut up by Argentine captain, Lionel Messi during the Selecao’s 1-0 defeat to the Albiceleste in an international friendly encounter on Friday in Saudia Arabia.
Messi, who had not featured for Argentina since he was sent off in the third-place game against Chile at the 2019 Copa America in July, saw his penalty kick from 12 yards saved by Liverpool goalkeeper, Becker Alisson.
The 32-year-old, however, reacted quickly to tuck away the rebound and giving his team a 1-0 lead.
Messi and Tite exchanged words in the opening half, with the Barcelona captain seen putting his fingers to his lips as the Brazil boss complained to the referee.
I complained because he [Messi] should have been shown a yellow card and he told me to shut my mouth and I told him to shut his mouth,” Tite said as quoted by Goal telling reporters in his post-match press conference. “And that was it.”
Tite added: “I don’t want to answer any more on it.
“You need a strong referee because he’ll swallow you… It should have been a card, I was right to complain.”
Tite’s men will now take on South Korea on Tuesday in their next fixture.
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