Gonzalo Jara Pokes Edinson Cavani from Behind in 2015 Copa America Quarter-Final

Mark Patterson@@MarkPattersonBRUK Staff WriterJune 25, 2015

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Chile are through to the 2015 Copa America semi-finals thanks to a 1-0 triumph over Uruguay, but the talking point after the game is how the beaten team found themselves down to nine men, particularly over Edinson Cavani's red card.

Cavani was sent off for what NBC Sports describes as a "slap" on Gonzalo Jara—but his punishment did not take into account what happened before, when the Chilean could be seen poking the Uruguayan in the bottom.

Many on Reddit (which contains some NSFW language), for example, had plenty of sympathy for Cavani.

There is no official word on Jara's post-match punishment—if any—but South American journalist Juan Arango tweeted that he may be in trouble:


We'll hear more about Jara tomorrow as CONMEBOL launched an investigation on his actions.

— Juan Arango (@JuanG_Arango) June 26, 2015

The player's club side, Mainz, appear to have lost patience with him over the incident, with the Daily Mail reporting quotes from sporting director Christian Heidel in Bild:

He knows that if an offer comes, he can go. We do not tolerate that. More than the prod, however, it is what comes afterwards that makes me angry. I hate theatrics more than anything.

Although he avoided discipline at the time, he was retroactively suspended for three games, ending his Copa America with Chile. 

[Vine, h/t Reddit, NBC Sports]

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