Chile’s Jara could face action over finger prod

Thu Jun 25, 2015 11:04am EDT
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By Manuel Farias

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile defender Gonzalo Jara could be in trouble after television images clearly showed him sticking his finger up an opponent’s backside during his side’s 1-0 win over Uruguay at the Copa America on Wednesday.

Jara grabbed Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani and prodded him after an hour of a bad-tempered quarter-final in Santiago.

Cavani pushed him away gently with the back of his hand but the Chilean fell to the floor as if he had been punched.

The Brazilian referee showed Cavani his second yellow card of the game and sent him off.

“In the Cavani case there are images that are far more graphic than 1,000 words of mine,” Uruguay captain Diego Godin said afterwards. “There’s the gesture, Edi reacts … and the referee decides to send him off.

“There are images that show that he sticks his finger up him.”

The images were all over social media on Thursday and were the main talking point from the match, which sent Chile into the last four of the competition for the first time in 16 years.

“I hope that CONMEBOL takes action,” Godin said, referring to South American soccer’s governing body. “I’m going to hold my tongue ... it’s a delicate situation.”   Continued...

Referee Sandro Ricci shows a second yellow card to Uruguay's Edinson Cavani as Chile's Gonzalo Jara (18) looks on during their quarter-finals Copa America 2015 soccer match at the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile, June 24, 2015. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado