Jesse Marsch rants at Argentina and Lionel Messi after half-time kick in the teeth

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Lionel Messi and Argentina should be fined for making Jesse Marsch and his Canada team wait for the second half of their Copa America opener yesterday. That’s the view of the former Leeds United head coach, who was frustrated with the advantage he felt the Argentines enjoyed with their extended half-time break.

Canada were out for the second half of their match ahead of Argentina who, in Marsch’s eyes, were taking more time than they were allowed to analyse their opponent on video. Marsch said his nation would be fined for such a transgression, but doubted whether Messi’s side would face the same penalty.

“When they were waiting, I knew they were looking at video and they were analysing how they wanted to play against us,” he said. “Now, I wish again, the referees would manage that.

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“If we were five minutes late, we’d get a fine. There’d be a big problem. Let’s see what happens with Argentina. They have to be fined.

“How late were they? Twenty minutes? Thirty? I don’t know. It was a long time, but they had that time to prepare how they wanted to play against us in the second half, which, if we had known ahead of time we could have an extra 10 minutes, then we could have prepared some things more.

“In the end, I just made sure the players knew they were going to come out with a new plan and they basically rotated a little bit more to three, but we still dealt with it.”

Marsch rounded off with a direct appeal to Argentinian newspapers, Olé and La Nacion, ensuring they report his desire for the country to be fined.

“Argentina should be fined,” he said. “Okay? Fined. Write that, Olé, La Nacion. They should be fined for coming out 20 minutes late for the second half.”