Copa over for Chile’s Gonzalo Jara

Gonzalo Jara Chile Copa America

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Chile defender Gonzalo Jara will miss the remainder of the Copa America after being handed a three match ban.

Jara provoked Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani during the quarter-finals by coming up behind the striker and jabbing his finger into the Paris Saint-Germain star’s backside.

Cavani reacted by flicking his hand towards Jara’s face, and the Chilean then theatrically fell to the floor with the Uruguay frontman then dismissed as he picked up a second yellow card.

South America’s governing body CONMEBOL have now handed the Chilean a three-game ban, which rules him out of the semi-final clash with Peru and the final should his side reach the showpiece.

Jara has been an important player in the Chile defence and his absence could come as a blow to the host nation, who are bidding for their first ever Copa America title.

Chile are 1.53 to beat Peru, a draw is 3.80 and Peru are 7.50 to come out on top.

If Chile do progress to the final they will face either Argentina or Paraguay, who contest the other last four clash.

Jara seems set to move clubs this summer as well after his current employers Mainz indicated they are actively seeking a buyer.

The Bundesliga club’s sporting director Christian Heidel told Bild “if an offer comes in, he can go” following the incident with Cavani.

Chile are 2.38 to win the tournament outright, with Argentina the current 1.83 favourites.

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