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Edinson Cavani sent-off after Gonzalo Jara 'bum poke' during Uruguay's 1-0 Copa America defeat to Chile

Published 25/06/2015

A year to the day since Luis Suarez bit Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup, Uruguay were dumped out of the Copa America after seeing two of their players sent-off.

Both Edinson Cavani and Jorge Fucile saw red during the 1-0 defeat to hosts Chile, with Oscar Tabarez’s side letting their ill-discipline get the better of them. However, the result – and subsequent elimination of the defending Copa America champions – wasn’t the biggest talking point from the match.

The front page of an Uruguayan newspaper shows on June 25, 2015 in Montevideo a picture of Chile's football team defender Gonzalo Jara provoking Uruguay's Edinson Cavani. AFP/Getty Images
The front page of an Uruguayan newspaper shows on June 25, 2015 in Montevideo a picture of Chile's football team defender Gonzalo Jara provoking Uruguay's Edinson Cavani. AFP/Getty Images
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 REYESClaudio Reyes,Claudio Reyes/AFP/Getty Images
Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani (C) reacts after receiving a red card during their 2015 Copa America football championship quarterfinal match, in Santiago, on June 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / RODRIGO ARANGUARODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images
Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani (front) argues with Chilean players after he was red-carded during their 2015 Copa America football championship quarterfinal match, in Santiago, on June 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PABLO PORCIUNCULAPABLO PORCIUNCULA/AFP/Getty Images
Uruguay's midfielder Cristian Rodriguez (2-L) tries to control Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani (L) as he reacts next to Chilean players during their 2015 Copa America football championship quarterfinal match, in Santiago, on June 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / RODRIGO ARANGUARODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images
Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani (C) argues with Chilean players after he was red-carded during their 2015 Copa America football championship quarterfinal match, in Santiago, on June 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BERNETTIMARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images
Brazilian referee Sandro Ricci (2nd L) shows the red card to Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani during their 2015 Copa America football championship quarterfinal match, in Santiago, on June 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / CLAUDIO REYESClaudio Reyes,Claudio Reyes/AFP/Getty Images
Brazilian Referee Sandro Ricci (3-R) shows the red card to Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani (2-R, un seen) during their 2015 Copa America football championship quarterfinal match, in Santiago, on June 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BERNETTIMARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images
Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani (R) leaves as Chile's midfielder Arturo Vidal (L, bottom) lies on the field next to teammate Chile's forward Alexis Sanchez during their 2015 Copa America football championship quarterfinal match, in Santiago, on June 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BERNETTIMARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images
Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani leaves the pitch after being red-carded during their 2015 Copa America football championship quarterfinal match against Chile, in Santiago, on June 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PABLO PORCIUNCULAPABLO PORCIUNCULA/AFP/Getty Images

That came when Gonzalo Jara, the Chile defender, appeared to poke his finger up the Uruguay striker’s backside in the 63rd minute. The bizarre incident got even worse, when Jara then dived on the floor and claimed that Cavani had hit him in the face.

Cavani, incensed at what Jara had just done to him, was then left in a state of fury after the referee showed him a second yellow card having already been booked in the first half for berating the assistant referee after a tackle on Arturo Vidal.

For Cavani, it proved to be a tough 48 hours, and questions remained as to whether he should have been playing in the first place. His father, Luis Cavani, had been arrested on Monday night after being involved in a car crash that left a 19-year-old motorcyclist dead after he was “knocked down and killed” in the accident in Salto, Uruguay.

The truck he was driving belonged to his son, and it was uncertain whether the Paris Saint-Germain striker would even play in the match given that Tabarez admitted Cavani was “affected” by the ordeal.

Minutes after Cavani was sent off, former Queens Park Rangers defender Mauricio Isla scored the only goal of the game to book Chile’s place in the Copa America semi-finals.

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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/Getty Images
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/Getty Images
Uruguay's midfielder Cristian Rodriguez (2-L) tries to control Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani (L) as he reacts next to Chilean players during their 2015 Copa America football championship quarterfinal match, in Santiago, on June 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / RODRIGO ARANGUARODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images
Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani (C) argues with Chilean players after he was red-carded during their 2015 Copa America football championship quarterfinal match, in Santiago, on June 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BERNETTIMARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images
Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani (C) reacts after receiving a red card during their 2015 Copa America football championship quarterfinal match, in Santiago, on June 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / RODRIGO ARANGUARODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images
Brazilian Referee Sandro Ricci (3-R) shows the red card to Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani (2-R, un seen) during their 2015 Copa America football championship quarterfinal match, in Santiago, on June 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BERNETTIMARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images
Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani (front) argues with Chilean players after he was red-carded during their 2015 Copa America football championship quarterfinal match, in Santiago, on June 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PABLO PORCIUNCULAPABLO PORCIUNCULA/AFP/Getty Images
Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani (R) leaves as Chile's midfielder Arturo Vidal (L, bottom) lies on the field next to teammate Chile's forward Alexis Sanchez during their 2015 Copa America football championship quarterfinal match, in Santiago, on June 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BERNETTIMARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images
Brazilian referee Sandro Ricci (2nd L) shows the red card to Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani during their 2015 Copa America football championship quarterfinal match, in Santiago, on June 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / CLAUDIO REYESClaudio Reyes,Claudio Reyes/AFP/Getty Images
Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani leaves the pitch after being red-carded during their 2015 Copa America football championship quarterfinal match against Chile, in Santiago, on June 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PABLO PORCIUNCULAPABLO PORCIUNCULA/AFP/Getty Images
Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani leaves the pitch after being red-carded during their 2015 Copa America football championship quarterfinal match against Chile, in Santiago, on June 24, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani leaves the pitch after being red-carded during their 2015 Copa America football championship quarterfinal match against Chile, in Santiago, on June 24, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Uruguay's midfielder Cristian Rodriguez (2-L) tries to control Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani (L) as he reacts next to Chilean players during their 2015 Copa America football championship quarterfinal match, in Santiago, on June 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / RODRIGO ARANGUARODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images
Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani (C) argues with Chilean players after he was red-carded during their 2015 Copa America football championship quarterfinal match, in Santiago, on June 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BERNETTIMARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images
Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani (C) reacts after receiving a red card during their 2015 Copa America football championship quarterfinal match, in Santiago, on June 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / RODRIGO ARANGUARODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images
Brazilian Referee Sandro Ricci (3-R) shows the red card to Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani (2-R, un seen) during their 2015 Copa America football championship quarterfinal match, in Santiago, on June 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BERNETTIMARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images
Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani (front) argues with Chilean players after he was red-carded during their 2015 Copa America football championship quarterfinal match, in Santiago, on June 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PABLO PORCIUNCULAPABLO PORCIUNCULA/AFP/Getty Images
Brazilian referee Sandro Ricci (2nd L) shows the red card to Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani during their 2015 Copa America football championship quarterfinal match, in Santiago, on June 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / CLAUDIO REYESClaudio Reyes,Claudio Reyes/AFP/Getty Images
Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani (R) leaves as Chile's midfielder Arturo Vidal (L, bottom) lies on the field next to teammate Chile's forward Alexis Sanchez during their 2015 Copa America football championship quarterfinal match, in Santiago, on June 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BERNETTIMARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images

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