Lionel Messi was unhappy with the conduct of Uruguay’s players in their win over Argentina (TyC Sports)
Lionel Messi urged Uruguay’s players to ‘respect their elders’ after Manuel Ugarte’s lewd gesture to Rodrigo De Paul during Argentina’s defeat on Thursday evening.
Messi was involved in a confrontation during the game and during the exchange, Ugarte directed an unsavoury gesture towards De Paul after he rushed in to defend the Argentina captain.
When asked about Ugarte’s conduct, Messi said after the game: ‘I prefer not to say what I think about some gestures.
‘Young people have to learn to respect their elders. Argentina – Uruguay was always a tough classic, but with respect, they have to learn a little.’