Edinson Cavani saw red during Uruguay’s Copa America knockout tie against Chile. And he was also one of the better behaved players on the field, which really does say it all.
Hosts Chile may be through to the semi finals, but there has been little talk about that, with the playacting and ill discipline taking centre stage in the media this morning.
Only days after Brazilian talisman Neymar saw his tournament over for his behaviour towards officials, and Chile star Vidal hit headlines for his drunken antics, Cavani decided to get needlessly booked for harassing the linesman before seeing a second yellow, which everyone bar Graham Poll knows, makes a red, after seemingly slapping Chile player Jara – who in Cavani’s defence hit the deck like a sack of potatoes, not to mention tried to stick a cheeky finger up his bum to provoke the reaction.
Cavani understandably lost the plot after a difficult week personally, refused to leave and chaos ensued.
Uruguay then lost their heads in true South American style and managed to end the game with nine men after a later incident saw Jorge Fucile also taking an early bath, with Uruguay then losing what little of the plot they had left, as skipper Diego Godin, teammate for club and country Jose Maria Gimenez and keeper Muslera surrounded the officials as they crashed out with Chile’s Isla scoring the only goal of the game.