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Jara banned from Copa America after below the belt incident causes Cavani red card? (video)


Uruguay’s forward Edinson Cavani (L) and Chile’s defender Gonzalo Jara gesture during their 2015 Copa America football championship quarterfinal match, in Santiago, on June 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / CLAUDIO REYES (Photo credit should read Claudio Reyes,Claudio Reyes/AFP/Getty Images)

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There’s no polite way to put this, other than to say Chile’s Gonzalo Jara got away with putting his hands where the sun doesn’t shine, leading to a red card for Uruguay and a 1-0 win for his side.

The unsavory act by Jara caused Edinson Cavani to slap his unwelcome intruder, putting Uruguay down to 10 men. Chile’s Mauricio Isla scored about 10 minutes later to send Chile into the semifinals, where they’ll play the winner of Bolivia vs. Peru.

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Cavani was on a yellow card when Jara slapped him moments earlier. As the play continued, the referee kept his eyes trained on Cavani, and saw the PSG man slap Mainz’s Jara after the below the belt incident.

So Cavani tried to explain Jara’s antics to referee Sandro Ricci (above), to no avail. To be fair to Ricci, he wouldn’t have seen the act either.

And now reporter Juan Arango says
Jara has been banned the rest of the Copa America on his native soil. Deservedly so, might we add. Coincidentally, the incident happened one year after Luis Suarez’s World Cup bite of Giorgio Chiellini.

YOU CANNOT MISS THIS. THIS IS WHY @ECavaniOfficial slapped Jara. DO YOU BLAME HIM? #beINCopaAmerica

— beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) June 25, 2015

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