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Lionel Messi calls Argentina federation 'a disaster' after flight delay

Lionel Messi blasted the Argentine Football Association, calling it a "disaster" after the national team's plane from Houston was delayed on Thursday.

Messi and Argentina comfortably defeated the United States in the Copa America Centenario semifinals on Tuesday, setting the stage for a rematch in the final with defending champion Chile at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

With the team's plane from Houston to New Jersey grounded on Thursday, Messi took to Instagram to voice his disgust with the AFA.

"Once again waiting on a plane to leave for our destination," Messi wrote.

"What a disaster the AFA are. My god!"

After seeing the social media post, the AFA explained the situation, citing weather issues for the delayed departure.

"The Argentine Football Federation informs that the flight which is transporting the national team to New Jersey suffered a delayed departure due to weather issues.

"Also, the AFA advises that all of the scheduled times of the transfers are designated by the organisers of the Copa America Centenario."

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