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
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.”