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Medel: Chile players decline friendly over civil unrest

Colombia v Chile - International Friendly

ALICANTE, SPAIN - OCTOBER 12: Gary Medel of Chile looks on prior the International friendly match between Colombia and Chile at Estadio Jose Rico Perez on October 12, 2019 in Alicante, Spain. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

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Chile had already canceled a home friendly with Bolivia this international break, and now the players will not play Tuesday in Peru either due to unrest in their country.’

A nationwide strike and protests against the government, spurred by a rise in metro fares, have Chile on edge.

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La Roja stars Gary Medel and Arturo Vidal both posted lengthy messages on their Instagram accounts, saying that the decision was made “in response to the social moment in our country.”

They urged both protestors and law enforcement to turn away from violence.

From Mega.CL:

“We are soccer players, but above all people and citizens. We know that we represent a complete country and today Chile has other priorities much more important than next Tuesday’s game.”

Chile is ranked No. 17 by FIFA and 22 in Elo Ratings.

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