Montevideo - Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani has been
suspended for two matches over his flare-up with Chilean defender Gonzalo Jara
at the Copa America, the South American Football Confederation announced.
He will miss his country's first World Cup qualifying tie as
well as the visit to Bolivia in October.
Cavani, who plays for French champions Paris Saint-Germain,
was sent off midway through the second half of Uruguay's stormy 1-0 Copa
America quarter-final defeat for a second yellow card after he flicked a hand
into Jara's face.
Also read: Chile's Jara could face action over finger prod
But Cavani and the Uruguayan camp claimed he had been the
victim of provocation which should have been spotted by the match officials.
Video footage appeared to show Jara attempting to goad the
star by inserting a finger into his backside.
Jara was initially suspended for three matches, which was
later reduced to a two-game ban on appeal.
But he still missed Chile's semi-final against Peru and the
final victory 4-1 on penalties over Argentina.
Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has been handed a three-match touchline
ban over the incident for insulting the referee.For
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