5 Chile players dropped after drunken night out

Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal was among five players dropped

by Chile coach Claudio Borghi on Wednesday after they returned to

the team hotel late and drunk.

Borghi told a news conference the players missed their curfew by

45 minutes on Tuesday and were ”in a state not adequate for the

Chilean national team, for a professional player.”

Birmingham City winger Jean Beausejour, Atalanta defender Carlos

Carmona, Palmeiras playmaker Jorge Valdivia and West Bromwich

Albion defender Gonzalo Jara were the other players involved.

Borghi said he was ”hurt” by the players’ behavior and will

not consider them for the World Cup qualifiers away to Uruguay on

Friday and at home to Paraguay four days later.

”It’s hurtful, not just for me, but for the whole coaching

staff,” Borghi said, adding that the players had ”broken their


All five players are established members of the Chile team,

though Jara is currently carrying an injury and Beausejour is

suspended for the match with Uruguay.

Borghi said Vidal, a ?12.5 million ($17 million) signing for

Serie A giant Juventus in July, would have played on Friday along

with Valdivia.

Local media reports suggested the players were returning from

Valdivia’s daughter’s baptism.

Borghi said the five players were ”unable to defend

themselves” and ”not in good condition” when he went to their

rooms to demand an explanation.

”If you ask me what they drank, I have no idea,” Borghi


Chile lost its opening qualifier 4-1 away to Argentina last

month before beating Peru 4-2 at home, with all five players

involved in both matches.

They have now returned to their clubs and Borghi has called up

five players from Chilean clubs as replacements.

Borghi said it would be up to the Chilean football federation to

decide on any long-term punishment.

”I can’t sanction the players,” he said. ”But I can leave

them out of the national side.”