Uruguay star Edinson Cavani sent off for slapping Chile defender who 'inserted finger into his anus'
Edinson Cavani feels the presence of Gonzalo Jara, moments before slapping the defender and being sent off for Uruguay against Chile
Bizarre incident sparks huge brawl as Copa America holders Uruguay fall to 1-0 defeat in Santiago
Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez leapt to the defence of Edinson Cavani on Wednesday as footage appeared to show a Chilean player attempting to provoke the star by inserting a finger into his anus.
Cavani was sent off midway through the second half after receiving a second yellow card for flicking a hand into the face of Chile defender Gonzalo Jara.
But Tabarez said Cavani - who has been linked with a move to the Premier League this summer- had been the victim of provocation by Jara which should have been spotted by the match officials.
Post-match camera footage of the altercation appears to show Jara shoving a finger into the back of Cavani's shorts.
"For the expulsion of Cavani, you can see what happened and what the challenge was. I refer you to the television and photos of it, it is all there," said Tabarez.
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"I can see that the referee has not seen it, but the linesman had to be able to see it from his position."
The Striker walks off as Vidal lies on the deck
Cavani is sent off after slapping the defender Gonzalo Jara
It is not the first time Jara has been involved in controversy involving a Uruguayan opponent.
In 2013 Uruguay striker Luis Suarez punched Jara after the Chilean reportedly grabbed his genitals during a World Cup qualifier.
Cavani clashes with Chile players
Tabarez said the dismissal of Cavani, when the match was finely poised at 0-0, had turned the tide against his team.
"We had the game under control but when we were left with 10 men it became a little more difficult because it limited our opportunities to attack," said Tabarez.
The brawl saw almost every player from both sides involved
A miserable night for Uruguay got worse for the 2011 champions when Jorge Fucile was sent off late in the game for a rugged challenge on Alexis Sanchez.
That sparked a prolonged confrontation between players and officials from both sides including Tabarez.
Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez makes his displeasure known
Sanchez later revealed one unnamed Uruguayan player had said sorry to him for the rough treatment he had been given during a bruising encounter.
"They like to fight, argue, go forward all out; one player told me in the first half 'Move you wimp' - but then later he said to me: 'I am sorry'," Sanchez said, without identifying the opponent in question.
"He said to me, 'That'll do, I kicked the shit out of you'. And I said, 'Alright but you could have caused an injury and that's not what football's about,'" Sanchez said.
Sanchez later posted a message on Twitter hailing Chile's success.
Yes feliz por el triunfo y por el equipo. Happy for our victory and for our team
â€” Alexis SÃ¡nchez
(@Alexis_Sanchez) June 25, 2015
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