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Chile star Arturo Vidal crashes Ferrari, charged with DUI during Copa America

Chile Soccer Vidal Accident

Police stand next to Chile’s Arturo Vidal’s wrecked vehicle after he crashed near Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Chilean media says star the midfielder escaped serious injury after crashing the red Ferrari in the outskirts of Santiago. Local media said Vidal sustained minor injuries. (AGENCIA UNO/ Felipe Fredes via AP) CHILE OUT - NO USAR EN CHILE


Arturo Vidal, the leading scorer at the 2015 Copa America tournament and star midfielder for host nation Chile, has been charged for DUI and banned from driving for fourth months after crashing his Ferrari.

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The incident occurred in the suburbs of Santiago, Chile, and happened just 24 hours after Vidal’s two goals helped the hosts to a 3-3 draw with Mexico. Vidal scored Chile’s opening goal in their 2-0 win over Ecuador in the opening game of the tournament but now all the talk is about his off-the-field issues.

Chilean national police Colonel Ricardo Gonzalez confirmed that Vidal, 28, was “under the influence of alcohol” when driving the red Ferrari on Tuesday.

Vidal was treated for minor injuries in hospital before being questioned by police at a local station. He was held overnight and after facing a local judge on Wednesday was charged with DUI. Later on Wednesday Chile’s national team manager Jorge Sampaoli confirmed that Vidal will not be sent home from the tournament despite his actions.

Reports from Chile claim the crash occurred in the southern suburbs of Santiago as Vidal and his wife were driving home from a casino.

Chile is next in action in their final Group A game on Friday against Bolivia and a point will be enough to seal their spot in the quarterfinal. Vidal will be available to Sampaoli’s side although questions will be raised as to why he was not with the team on Tuesday and was instead at a casino during a hugely important tournament on home soil.

Above are images of Vidal’s Ferrari (looks like the man nicknamed “King Arthur” will not be riding that noble steed for quite some time...) while the Juventus midfielder posted the following message on Twitter to confirm the crash and let everyone know he is okay.

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