25 Jun 2015

Gonzalo Jara banned from Copa America for sticking finger up Cavani's butt

Chile defender Gonzalo Jara has apparently been banned from the rest of the Copa America after bizarrely poking Uruguay's Edinson Cavani in the backside.

Jara gently slapped Cavani in the face before his poke provoked the Paris Saint-Germain striker to flick out at him, collecting a second yellow, while Jara went unpunished.



However, while the ex-West Brom, Brighton and Nottingham Forest man helped his host country into the tournament's semi-finals, with Chile snatching a 1-0 win, he will now miss the run-in.

Cavani had previously collected a yellow card for some over-zealous protestations aimed at an assistant referee, before the unsavoury 63rd minute incidents.

After some dialogue between the pair while Jara was standing over a free-kick just inside Uruguay's half, Jara slyly poked Cavani in the derriere, after passing the set-piece short and sideways to a team-mate.

With referee Sandro Ricci keeping an eye on the duo, he failed to see Jara's action as he was facing the players but did see Cavani's petty retaliation, followed by Jara's theatrical fall to the ground, deeming the Uruguay man's part in the scuffle worthy of a second yellow card, despite his protestations.  

Credit: John Downes/SportsMail

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