Chile players kicked out of squad after reporting for duty while drunk
Chile kicked five players out of their 2014 World Cup qualifying squad after they returned late and drunk from an evening off, coach Claudio Borghi said today.
The players had been given time off from midday to 10pm on Tuesday, after morning training, Borghi said.
"Five players arrived 45 minutes late and not in a state adequate to a professional player. So I took the decision to withdraw them (from the squad)," the Argentine coach told a news conference.
He named the five as midfielders Arturo Vidal of Juventus, Jorge Valdivia of Palmeiras and Carlos Carmona of Atalanta, Birmingham City winger Jean Beausejour and West Bromwich Albion defender Gonzalo Jara who is on loan at Brighton & Hove Albion.
"These are the players who did not comply, not with a written agreement but a verbal agreement," the Argentine coach added.
Defender Jara had already been ruled out of the matches due to a knee injury.
Local media had broken the news in the morning with some speculating that Borghi, who then called the news conference, might announce his resignation.
Borghi's squad are preparing for South American ties against Uruguay on Friday and Paraguay next Tuesday.
Chile, who lost their opening qualifier 4-1 to Argentina in Buenos Aires last month before bouncing back to beat Peru 4-2 at home, travel to Montevideo on Thursday to face South American champions Uruguay. They host Paraguay in Santiago.
All five players played in both October ties.
As replacements, Borghi called up Chile-based players: Universidad Catolica midfielders Felipe Gutierrez, Francisco Silva, Fernando Meneses and Milovan Mirosevic and defender Jose Rojas of Universidad de Chile.
Latest in Sport
Wow - what a weekend for British Motorcycle racing!
by Luke Wilkins
22 May 2013 05:00 AM
The dust is barely settling on the Premier League season and the bookies are looking to persuade us ...
by Gareth Purnell
22 May 2013 02:01 AM
The guard has changed at Old Trafford for the first time in 26 years. Meanwhile, down the road, the ...
by The Sports Lawyer
21 May 2013 10:01 PM
- 1 'Sickening, deluded and unforgivable': Bloody attack brings terror to capital’s streets
- 2 Mothers' diets may harm IQs in two-thirds of babies
- 3 Gay couple beaten in park urge MPs to moderate language on gay marriage
- 4 After woman sells virginity for $780,000, here are the results of our prostitution survey
BMF is the UK’s biggest and best loved outdoor fitness classes
Win anything from gadgets to five-star holidays on our competitions and offers page.