Messi appeared to have been hard done by, with Medel appearing to push his head towards the Argentina playmaker as they squared up, chest to chest.
Medel looked the more aggressive of the duo in the incident and Messi reacted with understandable frustration after Mario Diaz de Vivar sent him off too.
"I didn't go to the podium because we shouldn't be part of the corruption and lack of respect", he said.
"I feel lot of anger because I think I did not deserve that red card because I think we were playing a very good game". Taking a dig at the referee, Messi said that he overreacted by showing red cards to both of us.
"What's important is that the team finished well in the tournament".
Alexis was forced to hobble off the Arena Corinthians pitch, and was replaced by Junior Fernandes with his nation already a goal down after Sergio Aguero converted early.
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And I hope these persons who have committed these frightful crimes will be held accountable to justice". I was impressed at this World Cup, for example, from the African countries. "But we helped.
"We could have gone further but we weren't allowed into the final".
Argentina's national team was not impressed at the group stage - the only victory was gained in the final round of Qatar (2: 0), thanks to which the team of Lionel Scaloni and was in the playoffs.
Messi has previously branded lashed out at organizers and match officials of a tournament in Brazil that he has been critical of throughout, calling them "bullsh*t". "We could have done better, but they didn't let us make it to the final. I hope that the VAR and the referees have nothing to do and that Peru can compete because they have the team to win, but I see it hard".
VIDAL would score as Argentina would win 2-1 and secure third place.
"I think Argentina had things go against then when they played Brazil", Vidal said.
CONMEBOL, South America's soccer confederation, later released a statement condemning the "unacceptable" and "baseless accusations" that discredited the Copa América's integrity.