Uruguay star Edinson Cavani was sent off last night in bizarre circumstances after he reacted to opponent Gonzalo Jara pinching his bottom.
Cavani received his second yellow card for hitting out at Chile international Jara in the 63rd minute - but only after Jara had appeared to put his fingers where they don’t belong!
The PSG forward had earlier picked up a booking for a tackle on Juventus star Arturo Vidal so his reaction to Jara’s provocation was foolish.
Chile went on to progress to the Copa America semi-finals, but after the game Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez refused to blame his striker for the defeat.
“For the explosion of Cavani, you can see what happened and what the challenge was,” Tabarez said as reported by Sky Sports.
“I refer you to the television and photos of it, it is all there. I can see that the referee has not seen it, but the linesman had to be able to see it from his position.”
It’s not the first time Jara has been involved in an incident like this, as the Daily Mirror reported that during a World Cup qualifier in 2013 he appeared to grab Luis Suarez’s crotch.
Defender Mauricio Isla hit the winner for Chile on this occasion to send the hosts through at Uruguay’s expense, and the feisty encounter heated up again towards the final few minutes after Jorge Fucile was sent off for a two-footed tackle on Arsenal ace Alexis Sanchez.
Take a look at the Cavani incident below…
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