Chile defender Gonzalo Jara was thrown out of the Copa America on Sunday over his attempt to shove his finger into the backside of Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, the Chilean Football Federation confirmed. A statement said Jara had been suspended for three matches following a disciplinary hearing by South American football’s ruling body CONMEBOL into the lurid flashpoint during last week’s quarter-final. “The Chilean Football Federation has been informed of the suspension for three matches of Gonzalo Jara by the disciplinary committee of CONMEBOL,” the statement said. “We regret this sanction but we will accept it,” the federation added in the statement on its website. The ban rules Jara out of Chile’s semi-final with Peru on Monday as well as the final if the hosts progress that far. CONMEBOL opened disciplinary proceedings against Jara on Saturday, saying the body was obliged to do so after receiving a formal complaint about the player’s conduct by Uruguayan officials. However Chile coach Jorge […]

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 […]