Lionel Messi was a conspicuous absence from the Copa America third-place medal ceremony and blasted CONMEBOL for “corruption” after seeing red in the first half against Chile. The Barcelona star laid on Argentina’s first goal on Saturday for Sergio Aguero to convert, before Paulo Dybala made it 2-0 within 22 minutes. But moments later Messi was leaving the field after tangling with notorious Chile enforcer Gary Medel . Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare While Medel appeared to be the clear aggressor in their clash, referee Mario Diaz de Vivar showed both men the red card while players from both sides continued to join the brawl. Messi was left bemused by the decision and walked off the pitch, as Argentina held on to win the third place play-off 2-1 despite Arturo Vidal’s penalty after half time. But when the Argentina team came back out on the Arena Corinthians turf to receive their medals, Leo was nowhere to be seen. The Albiceleste captain did not take any part in the ceremony, after a Copa where he has hit the headlines more for his outbursts against organisers Brazil and CONMEBOL than his exploits on the pitch. And when he finally addressed reporters from the stadium he launched a withering condemnation of the competition’s organisation in supposed favour of the hosts.“There is no doubt, the whole thing is set up for Brazil,” he fired, before suggesting that he paid the price for his previous outburst against the refereeing of the semi final.”I hope the VAR and referees don’t play any part in the final and that Peru can compete but it looks tough to me.”I did not want to be part of this corruption, we shouldn’t have to be part of this disrepect we suffered during the Copa America.”We could have gone further but we weren’t allowed into the final. Corruption, referees and all the rest stopped people from enjoying the football.”I always tell the truth and I’m honest, that is what keeps me calm, if what I say has repercussions that is not my business. “I think that what happened is because of what I said [against Brazil].”What I said last time perhaps came back to haunt me. With a yellow card that was the end of it.”Messi previously criticised the playing surfaces at the Copa America following Argentina’s last-eight victory over Venezuela, labelling the pitches “shameful” after a subdued performance. But it was in the aftermath of Tuesday’s defeat that he really let loose, incensed by the failure of match official Roddy Zambrano to refer two penalty calls to VAR in Brazil’s 2-0 victory. “They were not better than us. They found the net early and the second goal came from a penalty [to Aguero] they didn’t award,” Messi told reporters.”They [the officials] had booked a lot of bullsh*t, but they didn’t even check the VAR, that’s incredible.”That happened all over the game. At the first glance of contact, they ruled in their [Brazil’s] favour and this kind of bullsh*t distracted us from the game.”
New technology may mean more renewable energy from the tides of the Bay of Fundy. Nova Scotia has partnered with New Brunswick and five United States’ jurisdictions to pay for a study of the feasibility of using tidal flow generators in the bay. The newest generation of tidal power turbines resembles wind turbines. Submerged in the water, the generators use fast-moving tidal currents to create electricity. The turbines stand alone, anchored on the seabed, and are not visible from shore. “The tidal currents in the Bay of Fundy seem to be ideal for generating electricity,” said Energy Minister Cecil Clarke, “but we need to have experimental data that will show whether it’s practical to use this emerging technology in our coastal environment.” The Electric Power Research Institute of Palo Alto, Calif., will conduct the study. Nova Scotia and New Brunswick will each contribute $60,000 US to the study. Maine, Massachusetts, Washington State, Alaska, and San Francisco are also taking part in the $425,000 study. The data from all the study locations will be shared among all the study sponsors. “Nova Scotia has significant in-stream tidal energy resources andthe technologies able to harness these resources are becoming available,” said Roger Bedard of the Electric Power Research Institute. “The big question is whether it makes sense for Nova Scotia and the other regions to invest in tidal in-stream energy conversion technology. We will answer that question for the province by March 2006 within the context of this study.” Nova Scotia Power’s president and CEO, Chris Huskilson, said his company is playing a key role in the new study. “Our customers told us they want more renewables and we’re listening to them. That’s why we’re bringing on wind power in this province and seeking ways to harness more power from the tides.” Nova Scotia Power already has one of three tidal power plants in the world at its Annapolis Power Tidal facility, and Annapolis Royal. The province wants to ensure that at least five per cent of Nova Scotia’s electricity supply comes from renewable resource generating capacity that was built after 2001.