FIFA have been accused by fans of rigging the 2022 World Cup to help Lionel Messi win it with Argentina.
In the 34th minute of their 3-0 semi-final victory over Croatia, Argentina were awarded a penalty after Julian Alvarez was brought down by Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic. Messi stepped up and dispatched the spot kick in empathic style.
Fans took to Twitter after the game to express their discontent over the decision to award a penalty to Argentina.
Argentina have been awarded five penalties in six games in the 2022 World Cup and fans believe that is enough evidence to prove the tournament has been rigged for Messi to win it.
One fan said: “This has to be the most rigged world cup ever. Argentina has got 5 penalties.”
Another tweeted: “5 penalties in 6 games and I’m meant to believe this isn’t rigged.”
A third fan added: “The whole World Cup is rigged for Messi to win it. Funny that some people still don’t believe it.”
Someone else commented: “Rigged! That’s not a penalty!!!! So sick of every referee favouring Argentina / Messi in this tournament. Joke.”
Argentina will now prepare for a final against either France or Morocco, the second semi-final is due to take place on Wednesday evening.
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