Lionel Messi made a rude silencing gesture towards Brazil coach Tite last night in the Argentina versus Brazil match.
The action has now been widely criticised with Tite and Thiago Silva both condemning Messi for such classless gestures. Silva went as far as to say that Messi lacks education.
‘He wanted to rule over the game,’ said Silva. ‘He kicked two people and the referee did nothing.
‘I argued with the ref and he kept laughing. You have to put admiration to one side. ‘He always looks to force the referee to give them free-kicks in dangerous areas, he always acts in that way.
‘We spoke with some players who play in Spain and the same thing happens, he looks to control the game and the referee’s decisions.
‘In the Champions League he doesn’t have that advantage because the referees are tougher. ‘You don’t see him trying to rule so much. There are referees that, because of their admiration for him, start to weigh in on his side. That we didn’t have Neymar on our side was a disadvantage.
‘It’s hard to understand when we talk about respect on the pitch, and one of the most admired players in the world does that, you don’t do that to an older person but being that it was a coach. ‘As much as there is rivalry, respect has to come first.’