Chilean defender Gonzalo Jara could face expulsion from the Copa America after authorities opened disciplinary proceedings against the player on Saturday for attempting to shove a finger into Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani’s backside. Jara triggered a wave of revulsion after images captured his lurid assault on Cavani moments before the Uruguay striker was sent off for retaliation during a stormy quarter-final last Wednesday. . A statement from South American football’s governing body CONMEBOL confirmed Saturday that a case had now been opened against Jara following allegations made by Uruguay as they argued against sanction for Cavani. “The CONMEBOL Disciplinary Unit has initiated disciplinary proceedings after the complaint by the Uruguayan Football Association against Gonzalo Jara of Chile’s national team,” a statement said. The statement added disciplinary chiefs expected to issue a ruling on Jara’s fate before Monday’s semi-final showdown with Peru. Sources said 29-year-old Jara, who plays for German side Mainz, could face a five-match ban for the incident. CONMEBOL […]

45 minutes of violence, an unnecessary surgical procedure that saw red, a sublime strike and a small gang war. No this isna t a new TV show but the events of the Chile Uruguay quarter final game. In a game that saw ten yellow cards of which two led to reducing team players, home team Chile with the likes of stars like Aurturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez to name a few, took on Uruguay who are eleven places above them in the FIFA rankings and were clearly considered the stronger side. However without the fire power of their talisman Suarez, much of the scoring task was left to their PSG striker Edinson Cavani. . The match started with Uruguay looking as unsettled as restless child in a shopping cart. Chile seemed to dominate the game earning almost 80% of possession. The trickery of Vargas and Sanchez, backed by a steady supply of crosses and through balls from either wins or […]

Hosts Chile sent nine-man Uruguay crashing out of the Copa America on Wednesday, winning a stormy quarter-final 1-0 to edge closer to their dream of a first South American crown. An 81st-minute strike from Juventus defender Mauricio Isla settled a pulsating encounter at Santiago’s Estadio Nacional as holders Uruguay saw striker Edinson Cavani and defender Jorge Fucile sent off. Fucile’s dismissal for a second yellow card in the closing minutes triggered a mass confrontation involving players and officials from both sides, with even Uruguay’s veteran coach Oscar Tabarez coming onto the pitch. Brazilian referee Sandro Meira Ricci had already incurred the wrath of Uruguay’s players after his decision to show a second yellow card to Cavani in the 61st minute. Cavani, booked in the first half for a foul on Arturo Vidal, saw red after flicking a hand into the face of Chile defender Gonzalo Jara. Jara reacted theatrically but Ricci showed no hesitation in brandishing yellow and capping a […]