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Arturo Vidal accused of drink driving by police after Ferrari crash

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Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal was under the influence when he crashed his car in Santiago, Chile according to police.

Vidal crashed his Ferrari on the outskirts of the city after leaving a casino on Tuesday, and suffered minor injuries which were treated at a nearby hospital. He was then taken away in a police car to be questioned while his wife is reportedly still being treated for her injuries.

The Juventus midfielder, who is likely to be removed from Chile's squad for the remainder of their Copa America campaign, will face a local judge today. 

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Chilean national police Colonel Ricardo Gonzalez said: “The driver of the red vehicle was under the influence of alcohol."

Pictures emerged overnight of Vidal's Ferrari which had suffered serious damage to the drivers' side, with the impact forceful enough to deploy the airbag. 

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The midfielder wrote on Twitter this morning: “Unfortunately I was involved in a traffic accident,” Vidal wrote on his Twitter account, in Spanish. “Luckily we are all well and calm. Thanks for worrying.”

Vidal, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United and Liverpool this summer, is the Copa America's top scorer with three goals in two games having bagged a double in Chile's 3-3 draw with Mexico and scored in their curtain raiser against Ecuador.

His participation in their final group game against Boliva is in serious doubt, although Chile are yet to publicly remark on the accident. 

Serious

"It’s very serious to let this happen right in the middle of the Copa America,” said Jose Sulantay, a former coach for Chile’s Under-20 team who coached Vidal.

“This kind of stuff doesn’t happen [when they’re playing] in Europe. I don’t understand coach Jorge Sampaoli and I don’t understand Vidal.”

Chile are aiming to win their first ever Copa America title on home soil and they currently sit on top in Group A with four points.

Should Vidal be allowed to carry on playing for Chile if he's found guilty?

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