During an interview in the mixed zone with Argentina media, Messi looked distracted before calling out someone in the background.
He said in an angry tone: “What are you looking at, fool!”
Messi also took aim at the match official, stating Mateu should never have been chosen for the quarter-final contest in the first place. “I don’t want to speak about referees because after they will sanction you. But people saw what happened,” Messi said.
“I think Fifa must take care of this, it cannot put a referee like that for a match of such magnitude, of such importance. The referee cannot fail to be up to the task.”